Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)
|Location||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Owner||Government of Tamil Nadu|
|Tenants||Tamil Nadu football team
Chennaiyin FC (2014-)
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, (also known as Marina Arena) is a multipurpose stadium and has a capacity of 40,000. It hosts football matches and athletic competitions. The complex also houses a multipurpose indoor stadium with a seating capacity of 8000 which hosts volleyball, basketball, table tennis games. The stadium is also used for functions and concerts. The stadium is named after Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister. The stadium earlier hosted cricket Test Matches between 1956 and 1965.
The stadium is located at Sydenhams Road, Park Town behind the Chennai Central suburban railway station and Ripon Building. Tamil Nadu football team which plays in Santosh Trophy and Chennaiyin FC, the Indian Super League team representing Chennai use the stadium as their home ground.
The stadium was built on the area where the old Madras Zoo was located before it was shifted to its present location at Vandalur. It was built in 1993 at a cost of ₹440 million (US$6.5 million) in 234 days. In 2012, the Government of Tamil Nadu renovated the indoor stadium at a cost of ₹120 million (US$1.8 million) with a new skating rink. In 2013, Government of Tamil Nadu upgraded the synthetic athletics track, football turf, floodlights and upgrading added a warm up track north of the stadium at a cost of ₹330.65 million (US$4.9 million).
The stadium has a seating capacity of 40,000 with a 400m 8-lane synthetic athletics track and a natural football turf. There is an indoor stadium with a seating capacity of 8000 associated with the stadium. Two Beach Volleyball courts, three clay Volleyball courts, one Throw ball court, one Kabaddi field and one Handball court are also available in the complex. There are also facilities for Judo, Weightlifting, Table Tennis, Boxing, Chess and Carrom besides a Fitness Center and a conference hall. The indoor stadium hosts various functions and concerts.
The highest test cricket scores were made by West Indies cricket team with 600-9 and 537-9. The most runs scored here was by Vijay Manjrekar (487 runs), Chandu Borde (431 runs) and Budhi Kunderan (346 runs). The most wickets taken here was by Bapu Nadkarni (20 wickets), Salim Durani (19 wickets) and Subhash Gupte (17 wickets).
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