Sepp Blatter, the foremer president of FIFA, called India 'the sleeping giant of World Football'! India surely has the potential to be a giant in the World football and let's hope that the giant wake up soon. Being a cricketing nation, Football is yet to come into the fore! But leagues like ISL and events like the upcoming under 17 world cup would surely boost the chances. As the country is gripping onto the football fever, Let's take a look at the best football stadiums in India. These are also the stadiums for upcoming under 17 World Cup in India!
Kaloor International Stadium, Kochi
Kaloor International Stadium in Kochi, also known as Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, is a multi-purpose international stadium situated in Kochi, Kerala. Being the home stadium of Kerala Blasters FC in ISL, an English commentator quoted as saying , ' If you happen to visit India during ISL, one should definitely watch a Kerala Blasters' match in Kochi stadium'! The ambience here is vibrant and thunderous to say the least and the average attendance is on par with the biggest International football clubs!
Other places to visit in Kochi : Fort Kochi, Jew Town, Marine Drive, Cherai beach etc. are some of the best places to visit in Kochi.
Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
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Salt lake stadium in Kolkata is the largest stadium in India by capacity! It was the second largest football stadium in the world before its renovation in 2011 and hosts one of the frenzied footballing rivalries in world football! Hosts to Kolkata-based ISL club Atletico de Kolkata, the ground also features the ferocious derby between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, which has grossed crowds to the tune of 131,000 in 1997. Even the legends like Lionel Messi and Oliver Kahn have played here!
Other places to visit in Kolkata : Eden gardens, Victoria Memorial hall, Howrah bridge, Birla temple are some other places to visit in Kolkata.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
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Home ground of the Indian National Football Team, Jawaharlal Nehru stadium is the biggest stadium in the capital of our country. It is a multi-purpose sports arena that hosts football, other sporting events and large-scale entertainment events. It has hosted the concerts of many international artists. And this has even hosted World Cup winning legends like Philip Lahm, Thomas Mueller and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Other places to visit in New Delhi : Humayun's tomb, Qutub Minar, Lodi Gardens, Rajpath and India Gate are some of the other prominent attractions nearby.
DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai
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According to U-17 World Cup Tournament Director Javier Ceppi, the DY Patil Stadium is the best ground in the country to play football with one of the best lighting and turfs of Indian football! Recorded as the noisiest stadium in India during the Indian Super League, it is worth visiting the stadium during a Mumbai City FC match. It is undoubtedly one of the best stadiums for under 17 World Cup in India!
Other places to visit in Mumbai : Bandra-Worli sea link, Marine drive, ISKCON temple, Gateway of India etc. can also be visited.
These are the best football stadiums in India! Travel to these amazing stadiums for an incredible experience. Happy Travelling :)