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Tamil Nadu Nehru Stadium Coimbatore
|Location||Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India|
|End names||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Coimbatore|
|Home Team||Local and state teams of football of Tamilnadu|
|Owner||State sports development authority, Tamilnadu|
|Tenants||Santosh Trophy in 1970s and 1990s|
|Designed By||M. Abdul Jabbar|
|Surface||Polyurethane surface which is quiet expensive|
Nehru stadium is located in coimbatore city near v o chidambaram park of tamilnadu. The stadium is a football stadium but it also has a hockey field and athletic track of 400m. many state level and local level athletic meets are organized here time to time. It is the first choice of organizers of football tournament to organize major football tournaments in country .the ground was designed by m. Abdul jabbar and has a capacity of 30000 spectators. Surface of ground is polyurethane surface which is latest and expensive. Renowned santosh trophy for football organized here in 1970s and 1990s.the stadium is suitable for organizing both day and night matches as it is equipped with flood lights all around it.
Nehru stadium was constructed in year 1971 and designed by m.abdul jabbar. It has undergone a major renovation in year 2008.this ground was designed for 45000 people on paper but it remained only for 30000 spectators with single tier spectator terrace. During renovation korean grass was laid in centre and synthetic track around the grass ground. Main stand and curves is never used by spectators.
Earlier in older design there was a proposal for indoor game hall, swimming pool, ticket booth, electronic score board and mini hospital in stadium. Also a tunnel was given on map as an entrance for players, dressing rooms, conference hall, cloak rooms were also given specifically. But due to commercial establishments in outer ring this plan cannot be executed during its construction.
How to Reach
Nehru stadium is located in heart of city coimbatore, near v o chidambaram park. Nearest bus station to stadium is gandhipuram bus station. Railway station is located near to railway station at distance of 2.39 kms and it takes about 6-7 minutes to reach stadium.
The ground is designed mainly to play football (soccer) matches but hockey ground and athletics is track is also available. The 400m athletics track is a synthetic track and latest in its design as nowhere else in country. Surface of ground takes lesser strain and thus there is less danger for injuries to players.
It was planned as a two tier arena but now only one tier is used and accommodates 30000 spectators. It has undergone major changes in year 2008 and government of tamilnadu invested approximately rs 2.5 crore on it.
stadium has three parts among which the main stand and two curves are never used to accommodate spectators but to provide shed over spectators. But the stadium has flood lights in order to conduct day night matches of football. Room of players, cabin of referees, media personnel, dope testing officials, equipment storage and conference hall has given a major attention in renovation. Stadium’s outer ring is commercial area having joints like dominos, pure and natural, coimbatore football association and archaeological society of india.
Events at Nehru Stadium
there are many small and major tournament organized at nehru stadium at both state and national level. Also the huge crowd accommodation facilities make it suitable for events organized at larger scale. Some of them are listed below.
- Football cdfa league
- Chief minister’s trophy
- Athletics district level championship
- Santosh trophy
- Book fare
- Marathon state level volleyball tournament
- Street union 2012 @football for all festivals
- Athletics kv regional sports meet
- 100th birthday celebrations – syedna mohammed burhanuddin sahib