Football is an immensely popular sport in India, coming second just after the game of cricket. It is particularly popular in West Bengal, Goa, Kerala and the North Eastern States, which are home to some leading football clubs. The Indian Soccer League tournament reinforces the popularity of the game in the country. Consequently, there is large number of football stadiums here, which have the best in class features as well as huge capacities.
Here is a list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in India:
10. Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi
Another huge football stadium in New Delhi is the Ambedkar Stadium, which has a capacity of 20000, but recorded an attendance of 35000 in the 2009 Nehru Cup. The stadium was opened in 2007 and has been used for finals of Nehru Cup in 2007 and 2009.
9. Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune
The next name on the list of largest football stadiums in the country is that of Pune based Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, which has a total capacity of 22000. The stadium was opened in 1995 and renovated in 2007-2008.
8. Fatorda Stadium, Goa
Featuring next on this list, with a capacity of 24500 people, is the famous Fatorda Stadium in Goa. The stadium, also called the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, was officially opened in 1989 and underwent renovation in 2014. It has been used for several domestic and international football matches.
7. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Shillong
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong ranks next, with a capacity to seat nearly 25000 people. It is one of the major venues for football games being hosted in the North Eastern part of the country.
6. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Guwahati
This multipurpose stadium in Guwahati earns a position in this list as it can hold as many as 30000 audiences at a time. Built in 1962, this stadium has been a popular venue for several cricket ODIs, in addition to a large number of domestic cricket and football matches.