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DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai Overview

Inaugurated on the 4th of March, 2008, the DY Patil stadium is situated in the DY Patil campus in Nerul area of Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. Designed by the famous architect Hafeez Contractor, the stadium is located in the sector 7 region, and has a maximum seating capacity of 55,000. The stadium is designed for both cricket and football matches, and has hosted many matches for both IPL and ISL- the leading Indian leagues for both sports.

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Facilities at DY Patil Stadium

Homeground for the Mumbai City FC for the Indian Super League, and temporarily for the Mumbai Indians for the Indian Premier League, the DY Patil Stadium is the ninth largest stadium in the country. Besides facilities for cricket and football, the stadium also has four badminton courts indoor, nine tennis hardcourts, and a large swimming pool. In the past, it has hosted several prominent national and international matches such as the 2014 final match of the ISL. It also hosted the prestigious FIFA under 17 world cup in 2017 and is also selected as one of the grounds to host the FIFA under 17 Women's World Cup in 2020. The DY Patil Stadium has also been the hosting ground for many international cricket matches, including but not limited to matches in the Australian tour of India in 2009. It also hosted several matches during the 2010 IPL. Besides these matches, the ground also hosts many local, regional, and corporate cricket matches regularly. The two ends of this stadium are named Media End and Pavillion End respectively. There are also luxury suites and catering services provided in the pavilion area for enriched hospitality.

Besides sporting events, this venue also hosts concerts (the most notable ones being the Justin Bieber concert in 2017 and other events featuring Nucleya, Hardwell, etcetera) and different charity events. An interesting fact about this stadium is that it has a place in the Guinness book of world records as a part of an event which was identified for being the ‘largest health awareness mission at a single venue’ in December 2013.

History and Architecture

The architecture of the DY Patil stadium is impressive, making it one of the most modern and innovative stadium grounds in India. It features bucket seats and cantilever roofs. The cantilever roofs do away with the requirement of columns to support the seating structures, and therefore provides the audience seated at any position of the stand with a clear view of the matches without any obstruction. It is important to note that this structure is one of its kinds in India and thus makes the DY Patil stadium one of the best ones in terms of viewership experience. The room of the stadium is also made out of fabric and is the first stadium in India to feature the same; the fabric for the construction of the roof was imported from Germany. The electrical supply of the stadium is largely taken care of by a 500 kW solar plant in order to promote sustainable infrastructure.

Places to Visit Nearby

There are many places of tourist attractions in and around both Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Some of the most popular places to visit nearby the DY Patil stadium include the Central Park, Navi Mumbai, the Nerul Balaji temple, the Kharghar hills, the Pandavkada falls, the SIES Hanuman temple, and the Jewel of Navi Mumbai (a recreational park).

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the DY Patil stadium is during the winter months, both owing to the pleasant Navi Mumbai weather during the months of November to February when the temperature is comparatively lower, and due to the number of events happening at the venue during these months. While there is no dearth in both cricket and football events during the other seasons, the tropical climate and high humidity in and around Mumbai makes vacationing experiences less pleasant in those months.

How To Reach DY Patil Stadium

Navi Mumbai is located off the western coast of Maharashtra. Most connecting routes from Mumbai to the DY Patil stadium are easily accessible via Andheri. The distance between Andheri and the stadium by road is 28.9 km, and it takes less than half an hour to drive between the places. The stadium can be reached either by roadways or railways. Buses from Andheri to DY Patil stadium frequently operate from Agarkar Chowk Station and are operated by the Bombay Electric Supply Transport. These buses can also be accessed from the stations Vikhroli, Vikhroli East, RTO Ghatkopar, and Nerul Naka. NMMT buses also operate every four hours between Maharashtra Nagar and Nerul Naka. The line 1 metro, subways, and local trains also operate between these spots and can be accessed conveniently at regular intervals of between 15 to 25 minutes every day. The train station closest to the stadium is the Nerul station. Besides these, taxi services are also functional, and reaching the stadium from around Andheri takes between 35 minutes to an hour.

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