The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JLNS) in New Delhi is one of three FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 stadiums to be named after Jawaharlal Nehru, who was India's first Prime Minister (1947-1964), and one of the nation's main political figures during and after the struggle for independence. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is an all-seater facility for 58,000 spectators that hosts football and athletics. In terms of seating capacity, it is the fourth largest multipurpose stadium in India and the 51st largest in the world. It was built in 1982 for the Asian Games and renovated completely for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. It also hosted the 1989 Asian Championships in Athletics.
It has held large-scale entertainment events, besides hosting athletics and football. The main football tournament that has been played in the stadium was the 2012 Nehru Cup. The stadium has hosted only two One-Day International cricket matches featuring India against Australia in 1984 (which was the first day/night international match in India), and India against South Africa in 1991.
The design is similar to Foshan Stadium in China, built by the same designers. Importantly, in case of emergency, the construction allows spectators to evacuate within six minutes. Amazingly, situated in the venue is the “Phoota Gumbad”, a tomb believed to belong to Tughlaq dynasty. The monument has survived over seven centuries, and has been saved for posterity due to its historical significance.