Dr. Ambedkar Stadium (New Delhi)
Ambedkar stadium in the morning
|Location||Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi, Delhi – 110001|
|Owner||Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)|
|Field size||101.0 M x 67.5 M|
|Indian Arrows (present)|
Delhi United S.C. (present)
Sudeva Moonlight F.C.
Hindustan F.C. (present)
Simla Youngs F.C.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|29 August 2007 2007 Nehru Cup Final||India||1–0||Syria||New Delhi|
|Pradeep 44'||Stadium: Ambedkar Stadium|
Referee: Sikhrakar Surendra (India)
|31 August 2009 2009 Nehru Cup Final||India||1 – 1 (a.e.t.)|
|Renedy 114'||Report||Diab 120+3'||Stadium: Ambedkar Stadium|
Attendance: Approx. 20,000
Referee: Ali Adil (Maldives)
|28 July 2011 2014 FIFA WC AFC Qualifier Round2||India||2–2||United Arab Emirates||New Delhi|
|Report||Al Shehhi 39'
|Stadium: Ambedkar Stadium|
Referee: Abdul Malik Bashir (Singapore)
- "Ambedkar stadium to host India's World Cup qualifier". The Times of India. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
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