India is home to many of the world’s top stadiums. Indian people think that stadiums are the lifeline of any sport. In sports such as cricket, hockey, or football, a cheering fan base can sometimes mark the difference between win and lose. Here are the most iconic stadiums that you must visit at least once when traveling to India.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
With a seating capacity of more than 80,000, Eden Gardens is world widely known as one of the best cricket stadiums. It is one of the first stadiums in the world to be built uniquely for the sport of cricket, which is also the reason why it is nicknamed “batsman’s paradise”. Eden Gardens has hosted several outstanding events such as the World Cup, World T20, and Asia Cup.
EMS Stadium, Kozhikode
EMS Stadium was named after Kerala’s first chief minister E.M.S. Namboodiripad. It has a seating capacity of 80,000 spectators and has hosted several football games. EMS is the home stadium for the Gokulam Kerala FC team in the I-League.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi
With a seating capacity of more than 60,000, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi has hosted the 1982 Asian Games. It is also famous for hosting the opening and closing ceremony and athletic events in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The stadium has also hosted several ISL matches and I-League games.
Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata
Widely known as Salt Lake Stadium, the football stadium Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan is famous for being the home to ATK Mohun Bagan. With a seating capacity of 85,000 spectators, the stadium hosted the first match of the Indian Super League and a friendly match between Argentina and Venezuela with the presence of football superstar Lionel Messi.
M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
M.A. Chidambaram stadium is the second oldest cricket stadium in India, after Eden Gardens. It is home to IPL team Chennai Super Kings.