Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)

Coordinates: 13°5′8″N 80°16′18″E / 13.08556°N 80.27167°E / 13.08556; 80.27167

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Marina Arena
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Establishment 1993
Capacity 40,000[1] (26,976 for ISL matches because of tarps)
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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] It was built in 1993 at a cost of 440 million (US$6.5 million) in 234 days.[2] 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.[5] 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).[2][6]


View of basketball court in Indoor stadium

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.[7][8]


The stadium hosted nine cricket Test Matches between 1956 and 1965.[3] In 1998, it hosted the World Volleyball Grand Prix tournament.[9][10]



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).[3]


The highest goal scoring match in Indian Super League with 6 goals between Chennaiyin FC and Mumbai City FC (5-1) on 28 October 2014 in the 2014 Indian Super League season.

See also


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  2. 1 2 3 "Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai". SDAT, Government of Tamil Nadu. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 "Nehru Stadium: Test Matches". ESPN Cricinfo. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  4. "Arignar Anna zoological Park". Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  5. "Jawaharlal Nehru indoor stadium to be renovated at Rs. 10 crore". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  6. "Nehru stadium work stalls sports days". The Hindu. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  7. "I movie audio launched". sify.com. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  8. "Arnold arrives in Chennai". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  9. "India hosted for the first time". Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  10. "International Sporting Events". Retrieved 18 April 2013.
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