FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium gets facelift, including three new dressing rooms

New Delhi: The capital's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has been given a facelift for the FIFA U-17 World Cup next month with three new players' dressing rooms being built, besides adding safe evacuation gates for the spectators in case of emergencies.

A new media tribune is also built while the lighting system and facilities for the spectators at the 60,000- capacity stadium has been improved, the organisers said on Wednesday.

New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Image courtesy: Twitter @FIFA.com

New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Image courtesy: Twitter @FIFA.com

Regarding the training facilities, two new training grounds with floodlights, dressing rooms and international standard pitch have also been developed for the tournament.

The JLN Stadium will host six Group A matches, including three featuring hosts India, between 6 and 12 October, besides two Round of 16 matches on 16 October.

Each of the six venues of the 6-28 October tournament will have four training facilities under FIFA rules.

At the newly-renovated Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, which will host the grand finale on 28 October, new individual bucket seats have been installed all over the facility for the spectators.

The stadium, which has been converted into a swanky state-of-the-art venue, has been reduced to a 66,687-capacity facility from 1,20,000 after the renovations.

There has been a complete renovation of the fire fighting system, electrical system, players, media and spectators areas, besides installing a new CCTV system for security.

New safety and security standards have also been put into place in the Salt Lake Stadium.

Four new training grounds with floodlights, dressing rooms and international standard pitch have been developed in Kolkata, which will serve as the hub of the prestigious football tournament.

Following are the list of renovations brought about at the other four venues:

Margao: Two new team dressing rooms, two new floodlight towers, two new referees dressing rooms, new press conference room, extended media tribune on the west side, new safe evacuation gates for spectators, renovation of all spectator areas, development of one new training site (at Uttorda) and installation of floodlights at another site (at Benaulim).

Guwahati: New 23,000 individual bucket seats at stadium for all spectators, two new team dressing rooms, two new referees dressing rooms, improved toilet, stairs and evacuation facilities for spectators, improved sports lighting, four heavily improved training grounds with floodlights, dressing rooms and international standard pitch.

Kochi: New individual bucket seats for all spectators, two new team dressing rooms, two new referees dressing rooms, improved toilet, stairs and evacuation facilities for spectators, complete new fire fighting system at stadium, three new training grounds with floodlights, dressing rooms and international standard pitch.

Navi Mumbai: new individual bucket seats for all spectators, two new team dressing rooms, new safe evacuation gates for spectators, improved facilities for spectators, three new training grounds with floodlights, dressing rooms and international standard pitch.


Published Date: Sep 20, 2017 10:40 pm | Updated Date: Sep 28, 2017 06:02 pm


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