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Kerala Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium
The Jawaharlal Nehru international stadium, also addressed as kaloor international stadium resides in Kochi, Kerala. Asinternational stadium, it can encompass 60,000 spectators at one go making it the third largest international stadium in India, after salt lake stadiums and Eden gardens both situated in Kolkata.
Its construction dating back to the year 1996, by Greater Cochin Development Authority and Government of Kerala, the Jawaharlal Nehru international stadium was originally meant to be football stadium. However the ground has still acted as a host to many international cricket matches as well as football matches. The gigantic surface area of the ground has servedas a plot for various political rallies, exhibitions and cinema events. Possessing a unique architecture in comparison to other grounds, the stadium is also well equipped with flood lights.The installation of the 2KW floodlights is a highlighting aspect, enablinglightening levels for an HD telecast.
The ground has been honoured by the presence of many of the great legends, the cricket team of Kerala, the Kochi tuckers of the India premiere league franchise as well as the football I-League team Chirag United Club Kerala.
Dealing with the history of this international stadium, it hosted its first tournament in the year 1997. The Nehru cup international football tournament was its first ever event and created history by attracting a mass of audience for the India vs. Iraq match which was approximately one lakh people overcrowding the area. However the highest money collection was done on April 2005 during a cricket ODI match between Pakistan and India. The ground hosted its first ODI match on April 1, 1998 between India and Australia whereas the last was scheduled on October 2, 2007 between Australia and India. On October 2, 2007 itself the second ODI between Australia and India was implemented in Kochi.
The stadium has also undergone a massive renovation with its recent development being a construction of a four lane road in the south of the stadium. Making access much easier from that direction, entirely new modern turf i.e. aestheticmodern roofing has also been added in the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium.
Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium hosted its first ever Indian Premier League match on April 9, 2011 between its local team of Kochi tuckers Kerala and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Surprisingly it was Kochi tuckers first IPL match which was held in the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium. The ground has served as a home venue for the local IPL team of Kochi tuckers and has hosted a total of 5 matches of the season 2011 of the local franchise. Nonetheless the remaining two matches were conducted in the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore.
How To Reach
Reaching the Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium is not at all a difficult job as it is well connected with the local airport. The visitors or participants can choose both a taxi and a bus to reach the venue.Providing a large parking space, visitors or participants can feel free to use their own private vehicles as a mode of communication.
Indian Prwmire League
During the initial IPL matches, Jawaharlal Nehru international stadium was expected to serve as a home venue for both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings apart from Bangalore and Chennai. However the two teams rejected the offer themselves. Though fearing a fall in revenues, a second thought was given to the stadium, but still the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium failed to make it during the first 3 IPL seasons.
With an expansion in the number of franchisesfrom eight to ten for the season of 2011, Rendezvous Sports World kept forward the second highest bid of IPL that was INR 1533.32 Croresand chose the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium as a base ground for the local team of Kochi Tuskers.
With the installation of better floodlight system both to meet the demands for the day and night cricket, improved outfield and pitches as well as better drainage facilities has made the stadium a more desirable one to go for. In fact the kochi tuckers Kerala have established their local office in the stadium itself. Not only this, the franchise has even signed up with their major sponsor i.e. Federal Bank making the ticket availability an all the more easier process. One can easily avail the IPL match tickets either through the selected branches of the bank or the Kochi tuckers Kerala online partner Kyazoonga.
The first exclusive IPL match held by the stadium was on April 9, 2011 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kochi Tuskers Kerala. However it was also the first match for the local team of Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
For the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium to be a major preference for the teams, the stadium has undergone a lot of changes including the establishment of the four lane road in the south of the stadium making access easier as well as installing a modern turf or aesthetic modern roofing.
Besides the above, enhanced outfield and pitches, better drainage facilities as well as installation of better floodlights as per the demands of the day and night cricket have also been met by the stadium. The renovation of the stadium was one major reason for the local franchise to build its office in the stadium itself.