Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium

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Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati Overview

Inaugurated in 2007, Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium is located in the southern edge of Guwahati in Lokhra and is also known as Sarusajai Stadium. The stadium originally boasted of 30000 seats, however, the tournament director of 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup sought other improvements in the construction and installed bucket seats, which reduced the capacity to 28500 seats. With a neat race track surrounding the football turf, the multi-purpose stadium has been used for 33rd National Games of India in 2007, South Asian Games in 2016 and Assam Global Investors' Summit in February 2018.

The magnanimous stadium recorded the highest number of spectators in north- east when 32844 people came to watch the ISL match between the local club Northeast United and the visiting Chennaiyin on 20 October, 2016. The record stayed put until it was broken by Khuman Lampak Main Stadium of Imphal, Manipur with 35,285 spectators on 5thh of January, 2018. The stadium is also used for athletics besides football.

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History of Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium

The stadium was originally constructed with limited seats and a roof over the main stand. The rest was all standing area. However, before the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the standing seats are converted into bucket seats. Built in the memory of the fourth Prime Minister of India- Indira Gandhi, the stadium has been a popular ground for sports ever since.

In 2011, a friendly match was conducted between Malaysia and India. In 2014, Northeast United FC was formed in the Indian Super League and the field became a regular practice ground for the team. The stadium also hoisted 33rd National Games of India in 2007, South Asian Games in 2016 and Assam Global Investors' Summit in February 2018. Also, Aizawl FC uses it as their home ground.

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Guwahati is well connected through state-run buses, taxi cabs and auto rickshaws. You can either drive down or hire a private vehicle. Alternatively, you can take a public bus to reach your destination.

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