Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Shillong)
|Full name||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium|
|Location||Shillong, Meghalaya, India|
|Field size||103.0 M X 67.0 M|
Shillong Lajong Football Club (2011-present)Royal Wahingdoh F.C. (2014-present)
Nehru Stadium is a football stadium in Shillong, Meghalaya, India. It is used mainly for football and hosts the home matches of Shillong Lajong FC of the I-League. The stadium has a seating capacity of 25,000 spectators.
The stadium is a two tier stadium with a roof over the main stand.
Before Professional Football
Before professional football was played in Shillong the stadium was created for football and running use. Both sports at an amateur level.
In 2009 the football club known as Shillong Lajong F.C. gained promotion to the top-tier of Indian football I-League and as a result started using the Nehru Stadium as there ground. The team regularly drew 30,000 fans for the games which was surprising considering that the stadium can only hold 25,000 seats.
After relegation the stadium was again used for Lajong games in the I-League 2nd Division for the 2011 Season Final Round. The home field advantage managed to give Lajong promotion back to the I-League and back into fully professional football.
The need for renovation
After the 2011 I-League 2nd Division it was announced that a change needed to be done to the pitch at the Nehru Stadium. When the stadium hosted the 2011 2nd Division it drew criticism for how the pitch was very unprepared, it even drew criticism from Indian Football Captain Baichung Bhutia. On August 17, 2011 it was officially announced that the Meghalaya Government had officially given 555,000,000 for the stadium renovation and it was commenced. Due to this Lajong had to move to another stadium for there 2011–12 I-League matches.
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