Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium

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Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
Main Stand of the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati.jpg
The Main Stand of the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in the background while the players of the Indian National Football team and the Laos National Football team warm-up under the floodlights.
Former names Sarusajai Stadium
Location Sarusajai, Guwahati, Assam
Coordinates 26°06′56″N 91°45′37″E / 26.11556°N 91.76028°E / 26.11556; 91.76028Coordinates: 26°06′56″N 91°45′37″E / 26.11556°N 91.76028°E / 26.11556; 91.76028
Owner Government of Assam
Capacity 35,000[1] (sometimes limited to 30,737 for ISL games)
Record attendance 32,844 on 20th October 2016, North East United FC vs Chennai FC[2]
Field size 103 m × 70 m (113 yd × 77 yd)
Surface Grass
Opened 2007
Tenants
India national football team (2011–present)
NorthEast United FC (2014–present)

Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium also known as Sarusajai Stadium [3] is a football stadium in Guwahati, India. Besides hosting football matches, the stadium is also used for athletics. It has a total capacity of 35,000. In 2007, it hosted the 33rd National Games of India.

History[edit]

The stadium is located in Lokhra, Guwahati and is a one-tier stadium with roofing only over the main stand. There is only a limited amount of seats in the main stand and the rest is just standing area.

The stadium pays tribute to the late Indira Gandhi who was the fourth Prime Minister of India. An international friendly between India and Malaysia was played at this stadium on 13 November 2011. On 12 March 2015 India played against Nepal for the 2018 World Cup qualifier.

From 2014, it has been the home ground for NorthEast United FC in the newly formed Indian Super League and for which it underwent major renovations. The stadium has been selected as one of the provisional venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India in 2017. Further upgrade plans are expected to be put in place like introduction of bucket seats, refurbished media and broadcast box etc.

The stadium was the main venue of 2016 South Asian Games, which was held in both Guwahati and Shillong from 5th to16th February 2016.

Major Football Matches[edit]

As well as local matches, the stadium has also hosted major national and international matches.

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