Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Kochi- Sachin’s Pavilion

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Our next day in Ernakulam and we were already having the time of our lives. The previous day was fulfilling and now the new places have piqued our interest. We have arranged to go to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Kochi. Being cricket buffs ourselves how in the world could we miss the stadium which boasts of being the place with a capacity of 75,000 people. We are told that it is owned by the Greater Cochin Development Authority, which operates it as well.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Kochi
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Kochi I Image Resource : wikimedia.org

When we reached the stadium, lesser known facts came known to us. The stadium is also called the Kaloor International Stadium. The stadium is the home ground for the Kerala cricket team, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Chirag United Club Kerala and the Kerala Strikers (Celebrity Cricket League). The one statistic that I knew personally was the first Indian Premier League match held in the stadium was between Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011. This stadium not only hosts cricket matches but also conduct football matches as well and are popular with exhibitions, large gatherings in political rallies and important events. The one thing that visually stood out were the floodlights, which can not only light up the stadium at nights but also provide for effective high-definition telecast.

We are awestruck with the history of the stadium but for us boys nothing interests us more than the various IPL matches and the league football duels held here. We now needed to zero in the Sachin Tendulkar Pavilion famously named after him very recently, inaugurated by our Indian captain. Yes, the pavilion had several clicks of the cricketing legend, his jersey for public display, and his bat too signed duly by the cricket genius himself. The renovations at the stadium seem evident as the very modern turf was on display and the roofing appeared tweaked as well. Being here on the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Kochi, where the big names have been is in itself a great kick for us. But we wrap up soon as we had to be early next day for our visit to The Ettumanoor Shiva Temple. Till then, watch out…

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