South side of the stadium
|Former names||Fatorda Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium|
|Location||Don Bosco Road, Fatorda, Margao, Goa|
|Owner||Sports Authority of Goa|
|Field dimensions||106.0 M x 70.0 M|
|Churchill Brothers (2006-present)
Sporting Clube de Goa (2009-present)
Fatorda Stadium is a football stadium located in Margao, Goa 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 19,000. It was initially known as the Fatorda Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium after the road it was located on and the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.
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
In 2006 before the 2007–08 I-League all the 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.
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 new floodlights towers (4 in total) were installed to enable late kick-off timings to avoid the harsh afternoon sun at this venue.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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