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Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Marina Arena
The stadium on a matchday in 2017
LocationChennai, India
Coordinates13°05′08″N 80°16′18″E / 13.08556°N 80.27167°E / 13.08556; 80.27167
Public transitup Chennai Central metro station
up Chennai Park Town
OwnerGovernment of Tamil Nadu
OperatorGovernment of Tamil Nadu
Capacity40,000 (36,000 seated)
General contractorL&T Constructions, Larsen & Toubro Chennai
Chennaiyin (2014–present)
Chennai City (formerly)
Tamil Nadu football team
Tamil Nadu women's football team
Tamil Thalaivas (indoor stadium)
Aerial view of the stadium

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, also known as the Marina Arena, is a multi-purpose stadium in Chennai, India.[1] It has a capacity to seat 40,000 people.[2] It hosts football matches and athletic competitions. The complex also houses a multipurpose indoor stadium with a seating capacity of 5,000 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. It was known as the Corporation Stadium till the 1980s. The stadium earlier hosted cricket test matches between 1956 and 1965.[3] As of 19 August 2017 it has hosted 9 tests.

The stadium is located at Sydenhams Road, Park Town behind the Chennai Central suburban railway station and the Ripon Building. Tamil Nadu football team, which plays in Santosh Trophy and Chennaiyin FC, the Indian Super League team representing the city, 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 in at Vandalur.[4] It was known as the Corporation stadium until the 1980s and used to witness houseful audience for even the city league matches. When C. R. Viswanathan, then the Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Football Association, was keen on bringing the Nehru Cup international football tournament to Chennai, a stadium of international standard was required. He approached the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa with a plan to convert the old Corporation stadium into a brand-new ultra-modern facility.[5] The Chief Minister soon gave her approval[6] and the new stadium was built in 1993, within a span of 234 days, at a cost of 440 million (US$5.5 million).[2] In January 1993, the competition was conducted successfully in the new facility that was acknowledged to be arguably the best in the country also doubling up as a track and field venue.[6] In 2012, the Government of Tamil Nadu renovated the indoor stadium at a cost of 120 million (US$1.5 million) with a new skating rink.[7] 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 331 million (US$4.1 million).[2][8]

Panoramic view of the stadium

In 1993, this stadium in Chennai hosted the Nehru Cup international tournament. It has also hosted the SAF Games football in 1995, and the Jayalalitha Gold Cup international women's tournament,[9] and many pre-Olympic and pre-world cup matches.

The Nehru stadium at Chennai is considered the most favoured venue for any international fixture since this stadium is the only football facility in the country which has come up in keeping with the FIFA specifications with regard to the players’ facility, the dressing rooms and security aspects to name a few important parameters.


The stadium has a seating capacity of 40,000 with 36,000 being seated, a 400-meter 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.[10][11]


The stadium hosted nine cricket Test matches between 1956 and 1965.[3] In 1998, it hosted the World Volleyball Grand Prix tournament.[12][13]



The highest goal scoring match in Indian Super League with 8 goals between Chennaiyin FC and Mumbai City FC (2-6) on 12 November 2022 in the 2022-23 Indian Super League season.


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]

Highest opening stand of 413 runs was recorded here by MH Mankad and P Roy against New Zealand.

See also


  1. ^ Naveen (20 March 2013). "Football in Chennai – On a slippery surface". Sportskeeda. Archived from the original on 2 April 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai". SDAT, Government of Tamil Nadu. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Nehru Stadium: Test Matches". ESPNcricinfo. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Arignar Anna zoological Park". Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  5. ^ Ramchand, Partab (2016). "Sports-loving Jayalalithaa remembered". Madras Musings.
  6. ^ a b Reporter, Sports (1993). "Lone Indian Star, the stadium" (PDF). Madras Musings.
  7. ^ "Jawaharlal Nehru indoor stadium to be renovated at Rs. 10 crore". The Hindu. Chennai. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Nehru stadium work stalls sports days". The Hindu. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  9. ^ Mitra, Atanu. "How Amma organised India's first international women's football tournament, the Gold Cup in 1994".
  10. ^ "I movie audio launched". Sify. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Arnold arrives in Chennai". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  12. ^ "India hosted for the first time". Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  13. ^ "International Sporting Events". Archived from the original on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
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