Dr. Ambedkar Stadium (New Delhi)

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Dr. Ambedkar Stadium
Ambedkar stadium in delhi at morning.jpg
Ambedkar stadium in the morning
LocationFeroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi, Delhi – 110001
OwnerMunicipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)[1]
Capacity35,000
Field size101.0 M x 67.5 M
SurfaceGrass
Opened2007
Tenants
Indian Arrows (present)
Delhi United S.C. (present)
Sudeva Moonlight F.C.
Hindustan F.C. (present)
Garhwal F.C.
Simla Youngs F.C.
Delhi FC

The Dr. Ambedkar Stadium is a football stadium in New Delhi, India. The stadium is named in honour of B. R. Ambedkar, the famous leader of depressed class as well as voice of minorities and social reformer and chairman of the Indian constituent assembly. It opened in 2007 and has a listed capacity of 35,000. It is currently used for football matches. The stadium has hosted international football finals such as the 2007 Nehru Cup Final and the 2009 Nehru Cup Final, in which it attracted a capacity crowd.

Name[edit]

The stadium is named in honour of B. R. Ambedkar, the famous leader of depressed class as well as voice of minorities and social reformer and chairman of the Indian constituent assembly.

History[edit]

Renovation[edit]

India vs Syria on the 2007 ONGC Nehru Cup International Football Tournament

In 2007, the stadium was renovated and floodlights were installed. In August 2007 the stadium hosted its first tournament under floodlights, the Nehru Cup International Football Tournament 2007.

Controversy[edit]

At the start of the 2010–11 I-League season Indian Arrows is expected to play its I-League matches at the stadium but due to the stadium owners, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), holding non-sporting events like parties and weddings on the pitch the pitch looked a mess every single day which forced Indian Arrows to play their matches at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon.

Tenant[edit]

These clubs use the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium for most of their home games: Delhi United S.C. (present)
Garhwal F.C. (present))
Goodwill F.C. (present)
Hindustan F.C. (present)
Simla Youngs F.C. (present)

Pitch[edit]

The Ambedkar Stadium is one of the stadiums to have FIFA approved pitches for FIFA World Cup qualification matches in India. The other being the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai and Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore.

Major matches[edit]

The stadium has hosted many football matches in tournaments as well like the Nehru Cup. In 2007 the stadium hosted the 2007 Nehru Cup Final between India and Syria. Then it hosted the 2009 Nehru Cup Final between again India and Syria. Recently, it also hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against UAE.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ambedkar stadium to host India's World Cup qualifier". The Times of India. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.