By Rohit Ghosh on May 12, 2014
With American football and the EFLI growing in India, the sport and league will have to find multiple stadiums in the country to showcase and promote their games. While there was very little travel in Season 1 of the EFLI, in terms of teams traveling to opposing cities to play their matchups, the league’s management expects each team to have a specified stadium as their “home field.” Here are some of the top stadiums in India to use in Season 2.
Located in Ahmedabad, Sardar Patel Stadium holds up to 54,000 people and is the largest stadium in the state of Gujarat. It was one of the host stadiums for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The stadium lighting makes it one of the more appealing stadiums. With how important lighting is, Sardar Patel Stadium’s facilities make it one of the easiest picks to be used by the EFLI. Best of all for fans, all stands are roof covered.
DY Patil Stadium holds up to 60,000 people and is one of the top international cricket stadiums. DY Patil Stadium has been used primarily by the Indian Premier League (cricket). On the grounds, there is also an Olympic-sized pool, tennis and badminton courts. It is the first cricket stadium in the world to have a concert level reinforced music system, something that would be very useful during American football games to ramp up the crowd.
Used for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, India can seat 60,000 for sports events and up to 100,000 for concerts. A new roof, improved seating and other facilities were implemented to to meet international standards for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. All that means for the EFLI is that the stadium is ready to go for big-time American football events.
Eden Gardens, known for being one of the premier cricket grounds in India, can seat up to anywhere from 67,000 to 85,000, depending on the event. The stadium was recently renovated for the 2011 Cricket World Cup and has very modern player facilities, not to mention upgrades to the stadium’s structure. Similar to the next stadium on this list, a history of fandom at Eden Gardens makes this one of the best options for the EFLI to use in future.
Salt Lake Stadium, built in 1984, holds up to 120,000 people. It is the largest stadium by capacity in India and second-largest in the world. Located in Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal, Salt Lake Stadium’s vicinity near public transportation makes it the perfect stadium for the EFLI to use on a consistent basis. Not only does it have the space, but there is also plenty of culture and tradition to make the atmosphere lively.
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