DY Patil Stadium

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DY Sports Stadium
D Y Patil Sports Stadium.jpg
The stadium on a matchday of Mumbai City FC in 2015 ISL season
LocationNerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Coordinates19°2′31″N 73°1′36″E / 19.04194°N 73.02667°E / 19.04194; 73.02667Coordinates: 19°2′31″N 73°1′36″E / 19.04194°N 73.02667°E / 19.04194; 73.02667
OwnerVijay Patil, D. Y. Patil Sports Academy
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Pavilion End
As of 8 August Till 2016

The DY Patil Stadium, also known as DY Patil Sports Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium at D. Y. Patil campus at Nerul in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It was designed by Hafeez Contractor. It is a privately owned ground and is the home of D.Y. Patil Sports Academy. It is primarily a cricket stadium however is used for many different events from cricket and football, to music concerts and special events.

The stadium was officially inaugurated on 4 March 2008 and was briefly the home ground for IPL team Mumbai Indians. It hosted three IPL matches for the Mumbai Indians and has also hosted the 2008 Indian Premier League Final and 2010 Indian Premier League Final.[2] The IPL returned to DY Patil Stadium in 2022 where the ground will host 20 games in the group stages. It is one of four grounds beings used for all groups stage games.[3]

It used to be the second home ground of the club Mumbai City FC. The stadium also has hosted football matches for 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup.

In 2014 it was announced that DY Patil Stadium will be the home ground of the ISL franchise Mumbai City FC. All Mumbai City FC home matches were played in the DY Patil stadium. It has also hosted the Final of Hero ISL 2014 between Atlético de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters FC. The stadium also hosted 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. It was picked over Cooperage Ground.[4] It will be used again for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup for the final. The capacity of 55,000 makes it the ninth-largest cricket ground in India. The stadium makes use of bucket seats and cantilever roofs that eliminate the need for columns. On the other hand, the stadium has a 120-person capacity air-conditioned media center. The upper level of the viewing galleries has 60 private corporate boxes.[5]This stadium also holds an inter-school cricket match for D.Y Patil International school every year.

A unique feature of the stadium is the cantilever roof which eliminates the need for any supports thus providing the spectators with an unobstructed view of the match from any place within the stand.

It is also the location for the TMGA DY Patil Sports Centre. The facilities include 4 tennis hard courts, an outdoor football rink, an outdoor basketball court, 3 indoor badminton courts, 2 swimming pools and a high performance gym at the TMGA DY Patil Sports Centre. There is also a 5-star restaurant under construction.



DY Patil T20 Tournament[edit]

The Dr. D.Y. Patil Sports Academy (DYPSA) organized India's first official T20 tournament in 2005. The tournament is hosted annually at the stadium and includes:[6]

  • D.Y. Patil 'A'
  • D.Y. Patil 'B'
  • Mumbai Customs
  • Jain Irrigation
  • Indian Oil
  • Central Railway
  • Income Tax
  • BPCL
  • Reliance 1
  • CAG
  • Indian Navy
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Canara Bank
  • Air India
  • RBI
  • Western Railway

The DY Patil T20 Tournament typically runs between February and April and is a breeding ground for young talented stars in India as well as highly experienced cricketers.

Times Shield[edit]

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Times Shield matches are played at DY Patil, on both the main stadium pitch and university oval.

Road Safety World Series[edit]

The Road Safety World Series international T20 tournament used DY Patil stadium pitch for a number of games, before Covid-19 impacted the tournament in 2020 resulting in the games moving to Raipur, India.


The Indian Premier League has used DY Patil Stadium pitch as a host venue since 2008. Many teams have used the stadium pitch, university oval and nursery ground training facilities for squad training.


FIFA U17 World Cup[edit]

The tournament kicked off on 6 October with a New Zealand v/s Turkey match which was a stalemate, followed by Paraguay v/s Mali with 5 total goals scored and Paraguay edging out as the winner with the final score being 3–2. The second matchday(9 October) witnessed matches between Turkey and Mali followed by a match between Paraguay and New Zealand which saw a 4-2 scoreline. Paraguay followed this up with another magnificent performance on 12 October, cementing their round of 16 berths by topping group B. Ensuring that was the most anticipated match, USA vs. Colombia, which finished with Colombia registering a 3–1 win over the US in a hard-fought match that saw both teams qualify for the round of 16 from group A.

The round of 16 matches on 18 October saw Ghana beat Niger 2-0 leading the Black Starlets to the quarter-finals.

The semi-final was the last FIFA U17 WC match hosted at the DY Patil Stadium. It saw complete hysteria as the enthusiastic crowd of 37,847 spectators cheered on throughout the dynamic Mali v/s Spain match.

ISL 2014[edit]

DY Patil Stadium during the 2014 Indian Super League Final

D Y Patil Stadium served as the home ground for Mumbai City FC in the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. Legends like Fredrik Ljungberg and Nicolas Anelka had graced the stadium while playing for Mumbai City FC. The final of the tournament was hosted at DY Patil Stadium, with Atletico de Kolkata beating Kerala Blasters.

ISL 2015[edit]

D Y Patil Stadium served as the home ground for Mumbai City FC for the second season running. Sunil Chettri was signed by Mumbai City FC for a record-breaking deal and played most of the home games at the stadium. The most notable memory at the stadium was when Chettri scored a hat-trick against NorthEast United FC.


The stadium has a capacity of 55,000 people.

List of International Matches Played[edit]


The 7th between India and Australia during Australia's 2009 tour of India to be played on 11 November 2009. It was supposed to be the first international cricket match to take place but was canceled due to heavy rain.[7][8][9]


DY Patil Stadium during an IPL match

In Inaugural Season Of IPL ( IPL 2008 ) It hosted the final, In IPL 2010, the stadium hosted 6 matches including the opening match, the semi-finals, the 3rd place playoff and the final.


It has hosted Football matches of Indian Super League for the club Mumbai City FC, Hosted first-ever ISL Final in 2014, the stadium hosted some matches of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and will be used again for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, It is one of the venues 2022 Women's Asian Cup.


A view of the stadium


There are 2 full cricket grounds (Stadium Pitch and University Oval), 1 additional training ground (The Nursery Grounds) which is also a full size and FIFA accredited football pitch, a netting and training area, fully operational Gym and Sports Centre, and a restaurant (under construction)

Redevelopment for FIFA U-17

The stadium underwent Rs. 30 crores worth of refurbishment, including changing the roof, building 16 emergency exit bridges, two additional dressing rooms, and setting up four training grounds in the vicinity.

A 500 KW solar plant was installed to take care of more than 70 percent of the electrical requirements of the stadium as an initiative to minimize the unfavorable environmental effect of the stadium.


The stadium roof is made from fabric imported from Germany.


There are diesel generators that have been installed to guard against interrupted power supply during games.[citation needed] These lights were upgraded for the 2022 IPL to replace filament lights with LED for increased lux rating with lower energy consumption.

Pitch and outfield[edit]

For the ground, 200 tons of clay were imported from South Africa. The pitch was prepared based on the advice and guidance of Neil Tainton and John Klug from South Africa. Stadiums around India typically have outfields made from red soil. When it rains, the outfield tends to become sluggish and heavy. To minimise the interruption because of rain, the outfield here is sand-based. A completely concealed underground drainage system helps quickly remove water. A practise ground with 10 practice pitches is also on the campus next to the main stadium.

Spectator comfort and safety[edit]

Individual bucket seats are available to spectators. There are no pillars obstructing the views of the ground. Two giant LED screens provide scores, replays, and other information.[citation needed]

Spectators are monitored by a network of digital cameras producing images of very high quality, which are sent to security agencies. Axis cameras (the product of a Sweden-based company), like the ones installed in Mons-Bergen football stadium in Belgium, have been installed for the first time in India. The surveillance system is highly advanced when compared to conventional CCTVs. The stadium is designed to be earthquake-proof, with fire-fighting and evacuation facilities.

Transport Access[edit]

Closest local train station – Nerul station

Other accessible local train station – Juinagar

Bus routes

Bus Number Start stop End Stop Drop off
AC125 Borivali Station (East) Ova GaonCif D.Y.Patil Stadium
AC123 Borivali Station (East) Ova Gaon


D.Y.Patil Stadium
512 Mulund Check Naka Nerul bus station D.Y.Patil University
AC103 Mulund Check Naka Panvel railway station D.Y.Patil University
105 Bandra railway station (west) C. B. D bus terminus D.Y.Patil University
108 World trade center Sector 46 seawoods D.Y.Patil University
61 Kalyan railway station Belapur railway station D.Y.PatilStadium

Other modes of transport include ac and non-ac cabs and rickshaws.

Parking is available at the stadium as well as DY Patil University.

Other Activities[edit]


There are luxury suites with attached restrooms. Catering support is provided in the main pavilion area.

Corporate facilities[edit]

There are 60 corporate boxes on the upper level of the viewing galleries.

One Day International hosted[edit]

The stadium has hosted the following ODI matches to date.

Team (A) Team (B) Winner Margin Year
 India  Australia Abandoned 2009

Concerts and events[edit]

In December 2015, Hardwell performed at a charity concert at the venue waiving his personal appearance fee in favor of donating all of the proceeds to charity. For the record-setting show, Hardwell opened 75,000 spots on his personal guestlist for over 125,000 pre-registered fans, while also accepting pledges and donations with the goal of providing educational aid for 3,000 children as they age from 8 to 18.[10]

In May 2017, Justin Bieber played to a crowd of 56,000 at the stadium as a part of the Purpose Tour which was the first time that he had performed in India.[citation needed]

In December 2017 a 2-day event was held, organised by Guestlist4Good a social cause, with Hardwell, W&W, Nucleya, Adnan Sami, Shaan, Mithoon, KillTheBuzz, Suyano, Aditi Singh Sharma, Armaan Malik performing.[11]

In May 2013, a grand musical concert 'Nhau Tujhiya Preme' (Bathing in Shower of Your Love) was held at the stadium. It was a spiritual musical event wherein around 50 abhyanga (spiritual poetries) were sung and attended by around 35000 devotees from various regions across the world.[citation needed]

In September 2019, U2 announced a concert in the stadium on 15 December, as part of The Joshua Tree Tour 2019.[12]

On 16 November 2019, Dua Lipa and Katy Perry headlined the One Plus Music Festival. This is Katy Perry's first time performing in India since 2012.[13]

On 4 December 2019, the 98th Birthday celebrations of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, with a gathering of more than 90000 devotees, were held. Home Minister of India - Amit Shah, Former CM & leader of opposition in Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, Dilip Joshi were also present.[citation needed]

On 15 December 2019, U2 played a sold-out show in front of over 42,000 at their first concert in India.

World record[edit]

The Guinness Book of Records lists the "Largest health awareness lesson (single venue)" as 51,861 participants, achieved by Dr. Shri Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Pratishthan (India) at the stadium on 20 December 2013.[14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Six of the best: The architecture of cricket grounds | The Critics | Architects Journal
  2. ^ [1] Archived 23 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "IPL 2022 set to be held in four venues in Mumbai and Pune | Cricket News - Times of India". The Times of India. PTI. 23 February 2022. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  4. ^ [2] Archived 6 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine{{DNA India}} template missing ID.
  5. ^ "IPL 2022: All you need to know about DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai". CricTracker. 26 March 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  6. ^ "MCA :: 16th Dr. D.Y. Patil T20 Cup 2020". www.mumbaicricket.com. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  7. ^ Scorecard
  8. ^ India look to salvage pride
  9. ^ Bad weather washes out dead rubber
  10. ^ "Hardwell". www.guestlist4good.com. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  11. ^ "DJ Hardwell and Shailendra Singh to release festival anthem today". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. The Times Group. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  12. ^ "'MUMBAI - LET'S ROCK THE HOUSE!'". U2.com. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Katy Perry, Dua Lipa, Ritviz and More Head To Mumbai For The OnePlus Music Festival This Weekend -". 13 November 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Largest health awareness lesson (single venue)". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  15. ^ Debroy, Sumitra (20 December 2013). "The health awareness and check-up camp held at DY Patil Stadium, Nerul on Friday has been recognized as the latest record-breaking event and officially marked its entry in the Guinness Book Of World Records. The camp, organized by Dr. Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Prathishthan, saw participating from over 1.5 lakh people from Navi Mumbai, Mumbai, Thane, Pune, and other adjacent cities". Times of India. Retrieved 4 December 2016.

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