The Kaloor stadium also known as Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is located in Kochi of Kerala and is an international stadium used for multi purposes. The owner of the stadium is Greater Cochin Development authority. The stadium is mainly constructed for international sports, cricket and football. With a huge capacity this world class Kochi stadium serves as one of noisiest ground in the world due to its varied architecture. Other than cricket and football matches the Cochin stadium is known to serve as a spot for political rallies, cinema events as well as important exhibitions. For its unique structure this stadium has been a great tourist attraction where people from far and wide come to visit this one of the largest stadiums in the country.
It is situated in the heart of Kochi between Palarivattom and Kaloor beside Banerjee Raod. The route is a very common stretch and almost all the city buses pass though this route but the southern part access travelling from Kathrikadavu and Thammanam. This route does not have any access to public transport system but travelling could be made through private transport facilities. The stadium could be easily reached from anywhere in the city as all buses have a stoppage at the stadium there. And further the nearby metro station named as “Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium” is situated very close, just in front of the stadium. So reaching the place is not all any hazard as it lies in a prime location.
The quality of the pitch is great with bucked seats that has been improved since 2014. The stadium was renovated with massive systems such as modern turf and modern roofing. A four lane road was constructed from the southern part of the stadium. The most attractive feature of the Kochi stadium is the lighting towers that have the capacity to provide lightings for high definition telecast.
The stadium came into action in the year 1996 and next in the year 2006 it has been renovated with modern techniques. The ground has a history of fifth most noisy crowd in the whole world during the Indian Super league match 2016 where the native state played against the team of Atletico de Kolkata. The 2017 Fifa world was played in this stadium as it was decided as one of the most crowds attracting venue other than Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati and Goa.
The stadium served as the home venue to the IPL teams, Royal challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings. But the first three seasons of IPL was not played in Kochi. There was a fear of decline in the revenue as the royalty of the stadium is very high as compared to other stadiums. Finally in the year 2011, Rendezvous Sports made the highest bid and was elected to find its team in the city of Kochi. Thereafter the first IPL match was played between Royal challengers and Kochi Tuskers on 2011, 9th April.
Initially the stadium was known to host football matches as none other grounds was seen crowded to see football match like Kochi. But after the year 1998 football smashed down and crowds favoured cricket for the following years. The first one day match in the stadium was played between Australia and India. The stadium was named as Sachin Tendulakar Pavilion after his retirement to pay him an honour. The stadium has a record to host semi final and final matches for Duleep Trophy in the year 2013.
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