Fatorda Stadium

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Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium
Fatorda Stadium
Fatorda Stadium.jpg
South side of the stadium
Location Don Bosco Road, Fatorda, Margao, Goa
Opened 1989
Owner Sports Authority of Goa
Surface Grass
Capacity 22,000[1]
Field size 106m x 70m
Tenants

Fatorda Stadium, officially known as Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, is the main I-League football stadium in Goa, and used by Dempo SC, Salgaocar F.C. and Sporting Clube de Goa. It is located in Margao, Goa[2] and is the current home of Churchill Brothers S.C., Dempo S.C., Salgaocar S.C., and Sporting Clube de Goa. The stadium opened in 1989 and has a capacity of 22,000.[3] It is known as the Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium as it is named after the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. However, it is commonly known as Fatorda Stadium.

History[edit]

Beginning[edit]

The Fatorda Stadium was opened in 1989 as a football only stadium but in less than a year was redeveloped to include cricket. On 25 October 1989 the first cricket ODI was played between Australia and Sri Lanka.

Football teams using the stadium[edit]

In 2006, before the 2007–08 I-League, all four Goan teams (Dempo S.C., Churchill Brothers S.C., Salgaocar S.C., and Sporting Clube de Goa) announced that the Fatorda Stadium would be used as the home for all four teams' I-League matches.

Upgrading[edit]

Due to new AFC regulations the Goa Football Association had to make the Fatorda Stadium pass a stadium inspection for I-League as well as other AFC and FIFA competitions. The old floodlights tower was dismantled and 4 new floodlights towers were installed to enable late kick-off times and avoid the harsh afternoon sun at this venue.

Football[edit]

This venue has long been a mainstay of Indian football, having played host to many international games, including India's qualifiers for both the FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup.[4] The stadium is also used as a regular home venue for the major Goan clubs Dempo S.C., Churchill Brothers S.C., Salgaocar S.C. and Sporting Clube de Goa.[5]

Cricket[edit]

Even though the stadium was originally built to be a football venue, over the past few years it has been increasingly used to host international cricket matches. Since hosting its first ever international in 1989 between Australia and Sri Lanka, it has played host to seven further One Day Internationals, the most recent being between India and Sri Lanka in 2007.[6] The allocation of cricket matches to the stadium has often upset the Goan football community as it renders them unable to use the venue for hosting football.[7]

Renovation[edit]

The Stadium was renovated for the 2014 Lusofonia Games which were conducted in Goa.[8] [9] [10] The opening and closing ceremony of these Games was held at this venue.[11] Football matches of the Lusofonia Games were also held here.[12]

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