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Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium New Delhi Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi is an important sports complex  hosting a number of national and international sporting events such as football, and athletics. 

It is ranked fourth in India and 51st largest in the world with a seating capacity of a whopping 60,000 spectators and 100,000 spectators for concerts. 

It is also the headquarters of the Indian Olympic Association.

History of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, as the name suggests is named after Late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. It was built in the year 1982 for hosting the 9th Asian Games by the government of India and has been the host of many international and national events since then. 

It was renovated in the year 2010 for the Commonwealth Games which included a brand new Teflon coated roof, professional audio system, a synthetic warm up track along with a synthetic ball field and much more. The seating capacity was reduced to 60,000 from 78,000 after the renovation.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium TrackSports and Events hosted by Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi

9th Asian Games, 1982

The stadium was the main venue for opening and closing ceremonies of the 9th Asian Games along with several events like football and athletics.

Amnesty International Concert, 1988

The stadium hosted the concert on 30th September, 1988 and featured Sting and Peter Gabriel along with E Street Band, Tracy Chapman, Youssef Dour and Ravi Shankar.

Asian athletics championship, 1989

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was a proud host of the eighth Asian athletics championship which were organized in 1989 and India ended second in the medal tally with a total of 22 medals.


Two One day International matches were held here. First one was between India and Australia in 1984 (Australia emerged victorious by 48 runs) and the second Match was played between India and South Africa in 1991 (South Africa emerging Victorious by 8 wickets).


Major International events such as 2011 SAFF Cup and 2012 Nehru Cup were held in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. India beat Afghanistan by 4 – 0 in the SAFF Cup Finals. Another memorable match was organized on 10th January 2012 between India and Bayern Munich, Germany’s frontrunner football club. This match was also the farewell match for famous Indian footballer Baichung Bhutia as Captain.

Commonwealth Games, 2010

The stadium was the prime venue and hosted both opening and closing ceremonies of the much talked about commonwealth games, 2010. Various athletic events too were held in the stadium apart from the ceremonies.

Quick Facts

Location: New Delhi, India
Establishment: 1882
Owned and Maintained: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was handed over to the All India Football Federation and is maintained by them.
Seating Capacity: 60,000 to 100,000
Landmark: Bhisham Pitamah Marg, Pragati Vihar, Lodi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi - 110003

Entry Gates:

Gate No. 6, 9 and 14 for athletics complex
Gate No. 14 for Lawn Bowls
Gate No. 18 for weightlifting arena

Nearest Metro Stations:

Jawaharlal Nehru Metro Station to Venue North Gate (Gate No. 14)
Jungpura Metro Station to Venue East Gate (Gate No. 9)
Jorbagh Metro Station

Reaching Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium by Bus:

The Stadium’s prime location makes it easily accessible by public and private transports. There are a number of DTC Buses, both AC and Non – AC from Kashmere Gate, Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar, that can be used to reach the stadium.

Cab Services:

Cab services can also be availed by the public in order to reach the stadium.
Delhi Cab: -083689 79032
Ola Cab: 080-67350900
Uber Cab: 011-39-5959-81
Meru Cab:  011 4422 4422

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