Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
|Owner||Government of Assam|
|Record attendance||32,844 (20 October 2016)|
|Field size||103 m × 70 m (113 yd × 77 yd)|
|India national football team (2011–present) |
NorthEast United FC (2014–present)
Assam State Premier League (proposed)
Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, also known as Sarusajai Stadium, 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 12th 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.
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.
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.
Major Football Matches
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 88'||Report||Safiq 42'||Stadium: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
|12 March 2015 World Cup Qualifier||India||2 - 0||Nepal||Guwahati|
|19:00 UTC+5:30||Chhetri 53', 71'||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
Referee: Aziz Asimov (Uzbekistan)
|7 June 2016 Asian Cup qual. – PO||India||6–1||Laos||Guwahati|
|19:00 UTC+5:30||Lalpekhlua 43', 74'
|Sihavong 16'||Attendance: 2,721|
Referee: Jansen Foo (Singapore)
|5 September 2019 2022 AFC WC Q||India||1–2||Oman||Guwahati|
|19:30 IST||Chhetri 24'||FIFA||Al-Alawi 82', 90'||Stadium: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
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|
Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (Madagascar)
|8 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage||Honduras||1–6||Japan||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati|
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
|11 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage||France||2–1||Japan||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati|
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|
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)
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- "Filmfare Awards 2020 All Set To Be Hosted In Guwahati". filmfare.com. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
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- Lokapally, Vijay. "FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup: Guwahati to host opener, final in Mumbai". Sportstar. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
- "Assam government transforms Sarusajai Stadium into coronavirus isolation facility". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 31 March 2020.