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The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, India, was built by the Government of India in
1982.This stadium is named after the first prime minister of India.
The massive facility is an all-purpose sports arena hosting football (soccer) and other sporting
events, as well as large-scale entertainment events, such as
concerts by India’s leading musical acts and entertainers. The
facility seats 78,000 spectators, and up
to 130,000 for concerts. In terms of sitting capacity, it is the third biggest stadium in
India and the 57th largest in the world. The stadium also
houses the headquarters of the Indian Olympic
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was first constructed to host the
9th Asian Games in
1982 (India had also hosted the first Games in 1951, also in New
Delhi). The stadium will also host the upcoming 2010 Commonwealth Games. In
preparation for the Games, the stadium is undergoing a
refurbishment that will reduce the capacity to 60-75,000
spectators. It will be completed in early 2010.
The Stadium has hosted two One Day International matches
featuring India: against
Australia in 1984, and South
Africa in 1991. Batsman Kepler Wessels played in both the
matches, but for different countries, scoring 107 for Australia and
90 for South Africa.
The Jawaherlal Nehru Stadium under construction on 16th October
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is being given a face lift with a
new roof and improved seating and other facilities to meet
international standards when it hosts the opening and closing
ceremonies as well as the Athletics Events during the XIX
Commonwelath Games, which are to be held in Delhi from October 3 -
14, 2010 in Delhi.
Two new venues are being constructed next to the stadium for the
Games: Four synthetic greens for the Lawn Bowls event and a
2,500-seat gymnasium for the weightlifting event. A 400-metre
warm-up track will also be construction.
The support structure for the new roof has apparently made the
stadium look like a completely permanent version of London's Olympic Stadium.
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