Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)

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Coordinates: 13°5′8″N 80°16′18″E / 13.08556°N 80.27167°E / 13.08556; 80.27167

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Establishment 1993
Capacity 40,000
Owner All India Football Federation
Tenants Chennaiyin FC (since 2014)
Tamil Nadu football team

The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, commonly nicknamed the Marina Arena is a multipurpose stadium and has a capacity of 40,000.[1] It hosts football, and athletic competitions. The complex also houses a multi purpose indoor stadium with a seating capacity of 8000 which hosts volleyball, basketball, table tennis etc. The stadium is named after Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister. The stadium hosted nine Test Matches between 1956 and 1965.[2]

The stadium is located at Sydenhams Road, Park Town behind the Chennai Central suburban Railway station and Rippon Building.The whole area was where the old Madras Zoo was located before it shifted to its present location at Vandalur.[3] This Stadium has connectivity to all Parts of the City By Bus and Three Train Stations which is very close access to it(CentralSuburban,Park and Upcoming Central MetroStation) There are numerous other stadiums in India named Nehru stadium after Jawaharlal Nehru.

Tamil Nadu football team which plays in Santosh Trophy use this stadium as their home ground.

Chennaiyin FC, the Indian Super League team representing Chennai, use the stadium as their home ground.


Built in 1993 at a cost of Rs.44 crores in a record time of 234 days, the stadium has a seating capacity of 40,000. The stadium has 400m 8-lane Synthetic Athletics Track with a natural football turf in the middle. Besides facilities for Judo, Weightlifting, Table Tennis, Boxing, Chess and Carrom have been provided. Two Beach Volleyball Courts, three clay Volleyball Courts (with Floodlight), one Throw ball Court, one Kabaddi Court and one Handball Court are also available in the Stadium complex. Besides that, an air conditioned Fitness Centre and a Conference hall is available in this prestigious stadium.

Not resting content with the existing infrastructure, on the orders of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, the J.N. Stadium, Chennai is being revamped and upgraded by relaying the synthetic athletics track, football turf, replacing the floodlight and upgrading office facilities, etc. Besides a warm up track is being laid north of the stadium with a full- fledged synthetic athletics track, football turf, gym, etc. All these facilities being established at a cost of Rs 33.65 crores will greatly improve the existing facilities and also enable holding of international level events in the future.[4]

Outdoor stadium[edit]

This Outdoor Stadium Contains a Football Ground which is the home ground for Chennai Football team in ISL and it is Mostly used for Football and Athletics

Major Domestic Events[edit]

  1. 2014 - This is the home ground for the Chennaiyin FC it hosting seven matches against IndianSuperLeague Teams on 2014 Inaugural Season

Indoor stadium[edit]

Basketball Court

Next to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium,an Indoor Stadium also called as Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium is situated .

Arnold,Shankar and Rajnikanth in I Audio Launch

The indoor stadium has a seating capacity of 8000 which hosts volleyball, basketball, table tennis & other indoor games etc. Here large feasts of cinema, entertainment shows, TV shows (such as super singer junior 3), new cinema Audio songs release are conducted frequently. The Biggest Audio Launch ever held is for the Movie I Directed by Shankar. superstar rajnikanth and hollywood's Biggest action hero Arnold "I'll be back."Schwarzenegger, attended the event.[5][6]

Major International Events[edit]

  1. 1998 - World Volleyball Grand Prix Tournament[7][8]



This Stadium holds the first ever highest goal scoring game in a football match of Hero ISL between ChennaiyinFC and MumbaicityFC on 28 October 2014(6 goals) 5-1 totally six goals Scored in this match. ChennaiyinFc first huge Goal Difference win.[9]


The highest scores were made by West Indies, scoring 539-9 and 537-9.[citation needed] The next highest score was made by West Indies scoring 500 all out in Test cricket.[citation needed] The most runs scored here was by Vijay Manjrekar ( 487 runs), followed by Chandu Borde (431 runs) and Budhi Kunderan (346 runs).[citation needed] The most wickets taken here was by Bapu Nadkarni (20 wickets), followed by Salim Durani(19 wickets)and Subhash Gupte (17 wickets).[citation needed]


In 2012, the government announced renovation of the indoor stadium at a cost of INR 12 crore. Establishing a skating rink at a cost of INR 12 crore was also announced.[10]

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