Mumbai Football Arena

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Mumbai Football Arena
Mumbai
Andheri Sports Complex
Mumbai Football Arena.jpg
Full nameMumbai Football Arena
Former namesShahaji Raje Krida Sankul
LocationVeera Desai Road, Andheri West, Mumbai
Public transitAzad Nagar metro station (metro)
Andheri railway station (suburban railway)
OwnerBrihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
OperatorBrihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
Capacity8,000
SurfaceNatural Grass
Construction
Built1988
Opened1988
Renovated2016
Tenants
India national football team (2016–present)
Mumbai City FC (2016–present)

Mumbai Football Arena is a multi-use stadium in Mumbai, India. It is located in the Andheri Sports Complex and is primarily used for football matches and tournaments.

It serves as the home stadium of Mumbai City FC of the Indian Super League. The football stadium holds 7,960 spectators and was expected to be one of the venues for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[1] The India national football team played a FIFA international friendly on 3 September 2016 beating Puerto Rico national football team 4–1 in front of a packed stadium. This was the first international friendly hosted by the city in 61 years.

In June 2018, the stadium hosted all 7 matches of the 2018 Intercontinental Cup, in which the Indian men's football team played against Kenya, New Zealand, and Chinese Taipei in a four-way tournament[2]. India beat Kenya 2-0 in the final to win the tournament[3].

Aditya Thackeray, a local politician and Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor are known to have played an important role in the redevelopment of the stadium.[4]

It hosted the 2019 Indian Super League Final featuring Bengaluru FC and FC Goa. Bengaluru F.C won the match due to a late goal from defender Rahul Bheke. This was Bengaluru F.C's first Indian Super League after losing in the final the previous year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mumbai to get world-class football stadium in Andheri sports complex". The Times of India. 9 January 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  2. ^ Noronha, Anselm. "2018 Intercontinental Cup: Teams, fixtures, TV guide & venue". Goal.com. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Constantine Lauds Sunil Chhetri and Boys After Winning Intercontinental Cup". News18. Press Trust of India. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Indian Football: Aaditya Thackeray - The brain behind Mumbai Football Arena". goal.com. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.

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