FIFA U17 World Cup Stadiums 2017 is the full details of the hosting grounds of U17 Football World Cup that are Salt Lake Stadium (Kolkata), Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Delhi), DY Patil Stadium (Mumbai), Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (Guwahati), Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi) and Fatorda Stadium (Margao).
When many football fans visit the ground to cheer for their teams, many others choose a different medium such as television or live streaming to witness the clash of their favourite teams. But it is the stadium that gives a football fan the ultimate experience of the match. The thrill of a live match on the stadium is beyond any comparison and can’t be compared with the enjoyment that we get while watching it on TV. And for that, most of the hardcore football fans always prefer to watch and support their teams while being at the stadium. The football world is now eagerly waiting for the FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 where India is hosting the current edition. The host chooses the best stadiums in the country as the venues of this auspicious tournament. So let’s check out the FIFA U17 World Cup Stadiums 2017.
FIFA U17 World Cup Stadiums 2017
Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Kochi and Margao were initially selected as the hosting states following the FIFA’s technical report. The 13-member FIFA delegation team visited India from 19th October to 25th October 2016 to evaluate the progress of the venues. They, along with 10 members of the organizing committee, finally chose six stadiums as the venues of FIFA U17 Football World Cup.
Salt Lake Stadium [Kolkata]
Salt Lake Stadium, officially known as the Yuba Bharati Krirangan, is located in Kolkata-West Bengal, and is the largest stadium in India by capacity. With its 85,000 capacity, this stadium is also the home ground of Indian National Football team. Salt Lake Stadium covers an area of 76.40 acres and features three tiers of galleries. It generally uses an artificial turf but switched to natural grass as the preparations for hosting the 2017 U-17 World Cup. Besides hosting the friendly international matches of FIFA and Asian Games, this stadium also hosts the Indian Super League. As a surprising fact, Salt Lake Stadium hosted the official farewell match of legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn for Bayern Munich. Yuba Bharati Krirangan is undoubtedly the best FIFA U17 World Cup Stadiums 2017.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium [Delhi]
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has a current sitting capacity of 58,114 and is the 51st largest in the world in terms of capacity. Located in the capital of India, Delhi, this stadium already hosted the 1982 Asian Games, 1989 Asian Championships and 2010 Commonwealth Games. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is the second biggest FIFA U17 World Cup Stadiums 2017, and currently uses natural grass. Besides hosting the national and international matches, this stadium is also the home ground of Indian Super League franchise Delhi Dynamos FC. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was entirely renovated for the 2010 Commonwealth Games while given a modern Teflon-coated roof and improved seating arrangement. This state of the art stadium can evacuate the whole spectators within 6 minutes in case of emergency.
DY Patil Stadium [Mumbai]
Situated in India’s financial capital Mumbai, DY Patil Stadium can host upto 45,353 spectators in all-seating mode. This stadium was designed by India’s legendary architect Hafeez Contractor and officially opened its gate to the public on 4th March 2008. The entire DY Patil Stadium has bucket seats and cantilever roofs. Besides the main ground, the stadium complex also houses 9 tennis courts, 4 badminton courts and an Olympic sized swimming pool. Without any doubt, DY Patil Stadium is one of the best FIFA U17 World Cup Stadiums 2017. This stadium also houses two giant LED screens which are the biggest in India. DY Patil Stadium is designed to be earthquake-proof and with state of the art evacuation facilities in case of an emergency.
Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium [Guwahati]
With a seating capacity of 23,850, Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium is one of the most modern FIFA U17 World Cup Stadiums 2017. This stadium is located in Guwahati-Assam and uses natural grass in the main turf. Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium was the main host of 2016 South Asian Games and is the current home ground of Indian Super League franchise NorthEast United FC. This stadium recently went through an upgrade which introduced the bucket seats and modern media and broadcast box. Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, also known as the Sarusajai Stadium, hosted an international friendly in 2011 between India and Malaysia, and also hosted the 2018 World Cup qualifier match between India and Nepal.
Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium [Kerala]
Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, locally known as the Kaloor Stadium, is located in Kochi-Kerala, and currently has a full seating capacity of 41,748. It is one of the largest stadium in India and also one of the biggest FIFA U17 World Cup Stadiums 2017. Besides hosting numerous national and international matches, this stadium is also the home ground of Kerala cricket team and the Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters FC. Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium is also known as one of the noisiest stadiums in the world and hosted several important cricket matches besides football. This stadium features lighting towers of 2 kW Floodlights and when fully switched on can provide enough lighting levels for HD telecast.
Fatorda Stadium [Goa]
Fatorda Stadium is located in Margao Goa and is one of the best FIFA U17 World Cup Stadiums 2017. Besides hosting several national matches, this stadium also hosted both India’s qualifiers for FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup. The stadium uses natural grass as the main turf. Fatorda Stadium features lightning which is capable of HD quality telecast. The stadium complex also features Broadcast room, TV Studio, Dressing rooms, Delegates area, Dope control rooms, Medical rooms for players and viewers, VIP Lounge, Corporate boxes, Media Tribune and Media working stations, Press Conference area, Mixed zone area, swimming pool, multi purpose gym and parking facilities.
All the fans are now ready to buy their FIFA U17 World Cup tickets to get the full-on excitement from the ground. Where the people of the hosting states will have the advantage to reach their stadium with ease, fans around the world will also not hesitate to travel to get their own share. So hope for the best and don’t forget to send us your opinion about the FIFA U17 World Cup Stadiums 2017 in the comment box below.