Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium

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Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
Sarusajai Stadium
Main Stand of the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati.jpg
The Main Stand in the background while the players warm-up under the floodlights
LocationSarusajai, Guwahati, Assam, India
Coordinates26°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
OwnerGovernment of Assam
Capacity25,000[1]
Record attendance32,844 on 20 October 2016, NorthEast United FC vs Chennaiyin[2]
Field size103 m × 70 m (113 yd × 77 yd)
SurfaceGrass
Opened2007
Tenants
India national football team (2011–present)
NorthEast United FC (2014–present)
During ISL match of NorthEast United FC

Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium also known as Sarusajai Stadium [3] is a football stadium in Guwahati, Assam, India. It is the current home ground of Northeast United FC. Besides hosting football matches, the stadium is also used for athletics. It had a total capacity of 35,000 which was later reduced to 25,000 due to installation of bucket seats for 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which was hosted in India. In 2007, it hosted the 33rd National Games of India and in 2016, hosted the South Asian Games. The stadium hosted the Assam Global Investors' Summit on 3 and 4 February 2018 and the 65th Filmfare Awards on 15 February 2020.[4][5]

The stadium recorded the highest attendance for a football game in Assam when 32,844 spectators came to see the ISL match between local club NorthEast United and visitors Chennaiyin on 20 October 2016.

History[edit]

This one-tier multipurpose stadium is located in Lokhra, Guwahati, Assam, Northeast India. There is only a limited number of seats in the main stand however bucket seats are now installed for rest of the stands to conduct the FIFA U17 World Cup, 2017.

The stadium pays tribute to the late Indira Gandhi who was the third 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 5 to 16 February 2016.[6]

The stadium was also used by I-League champions Aizawl FC (2016–17) of Mizoram and Minerva Punjab FC (2017–18) of Punjab as their home ground for AFC group stage matches.

The stadium has been selected as one of the provisional venues for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup to be held in India in 2020 where it will host the opening.[7]

On March, 2020, the Government of Assam constructed isolation wards during the COVID-19 pandemic in India in the premises.[8]

Major Football Matches[edit]

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

India national football team matches

13 November 2011 International friendly India  1 - 1  Malaysia Guwahati
Nabi Goal 88' Report Safiq Goal 42' Stadium: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
Attendance: 20,092
12 March 2015 World Cup Qualifier India  2 - 0    Nepal Guwahati
19:00 UTC+5:30 Chhetri Goal 53'71' Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
Attendance: 11,209
Referee: Aziz Asimov (Uzbekistan)
7 June 2016 Asian Cup qual. – PO India  6–1  Laos Guwahati
19:00 UTC+5:30 Lalpekhlua Goal 43'74'
Passi Goal 45+1'
Jhingan Goal 48'
Rafique Goal 83'
Cardozo Goal 87'
Report
Goal.com
Sihavong Goal 16' Attendance: 2,721
Referee: Jansen Foo (Singapore)
5 September 2019 (2019-09-05) 2022 AFC WC Q India  1–2  Oman Guwahati
19:30 IST Chhetri Goal 24' FIFA Al-Alawi Goal 82'90' Stadium: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
Attendance: 22,798
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup matches.

8 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage New Caledonia  1–7  France Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
17:00 UTC+5:30
Report
Attendance: 12,640
Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (Madagascar)
8 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage Honduras  1–6  Japan Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
20:00 UTC+5:30
Report
Attendance: 13,285
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
11 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage France  2–1  Japan Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
17:00 UTC+5:30
  • Gouiri Goal 13'71'
Report
Attendance: 9,575
Referee: Gery Vargas (Bolivia)
11 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage Honduras  5–0  New Caledonia Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
20:00 UTC+5:30
Report Attendance: 11,002
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)
14 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage France  5–1  Honduras Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
17:00 UTC+5:30
Report
Attendance: 12,831
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
14 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage Mexico  0–0  Chile Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
20:00 UTC+5:30 Report Attendance: 15,794
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.fifa.com/u17worldcup/destination/stadiums/stadium=5025718/index.html
  2. ^ The official site of Hero Indian Super League | Matchcentre
  3. ^ "FIFA team visits Sarusajai stadium". Assam Tribune. 19 February 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  4. ^ Singh, Bikash (27 September 2018). "Advantage Assam: Global Investors' Summit has attracted Rs. 8,020.21 crore till now says Chandra Mohan Patwary". The Economic Times. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2020 All Set To Be Hosted In Guwahati". filmfare.com. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  6. ^ Chaudhury, Dipanjan Roy (12 December 2015). "India to host South Asian Games (SAG) in Guwahati and Shillong". The Economic Times. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  7. ^ Lokapally, Vijay. "FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup: Guwahati to host opener, final in Mumbai". Sportstar. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Assam government transforms Sarusajai Stadium into coronavirus isolation facility". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 31 March 2020.

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