Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium also known as Sarusajai Stadium  is a football stadium in Guwahati, Assam, India. Besides hosting football matches, the stadium is also used for athletics. It is the current home ground of Northeast United FC. It has a total capacity of 35,000 which was later reduced to 23,850 due to installation of bucket seats for 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which was hosted in India. In 2017, it hosted the 33rd National Games of India and in 2016, hosted the South Asian Games. The stadium hosted the Assam Global Investors' Summit on 3 and 4 February, 2018.
The Main Stand of the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in the background while the players of the Indian National Football team and the Laos National Football team warm-up under the floodlights.
|Location||Sarusajai, Guwahati, Assam|
|Owner||Government of Assam|
|Record attendance||32,844 on 20 October 2016, NorthEast United FC vs Chennaiyin|
|Field size||103 m × 70 m (113 yd × 77 yd)|
|India national football team (2011–present)|
NorthEast United FC (2014–present)
The stadium recorded the highest attendance for a football game in northeast India when 32,844 spectators came to see the ISL match between local club NorthEast United and visitors Chennaiyin on 20 October, 2016 till 5 January, 2018 when it was broken by Khuman Lampak Main Stadium of Imphal, Manipur with 35,285 spectators.
This one-tier multipurpose stadium is located in Lokhra, Guwahati, Assam, Northeast India. There is only a limited number of seats in the main stand however bucket seats are now installed for rest of the stands to conduct the FIFA U17 World Cup, 2017.
The stadium pays tribute to the late Indira Gandhi who was the third Prime Minister of India. An international friendly between India and Malaysia was played at this stadium on 13 November 2011. On 12 March 2015 India played against Nepal for the 2018 World Cup qualifier.
From 2014, it has been the home ground for NorthEast United FC in the newly formed Indian Super League and for which it underwent major renovations. The stadium has been selected as one of the provisional venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India in 2017. Further upgrade plans are expected to be put in place like introduction of bucket seats, refurbished media and broadcast box etc.
Major Football MatchesEdit
As well as local matches, the stadium has also hosted major national and international matches.
India national football team matches
|13 November 2011 International friendly||India||1 - 1||Malaysia||Guwahati|
|Nabi 88'||Report||Safiq 42'||Stadium: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
|12 March 2015 World Cup Qualifier||India||2 - 0||Nepal||Guwahati|
|19:00 UTC+5:30||Chhetri 53', 71'||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
Referee: Aziz Asimov (Uzbekistan)
|7 June 2016 Asian Cup qual. – PO||India||6–1||Laos||Guwahati|
|19:00 UTC+5:30||Lalpekhlua 43', 74'
|Sihavong 16'||Attendance: 2,500|
Referee: Jansen Foo (Singapore)
|5 September 2019 2022 AFC WC Q||India||1–2||Oman||Guwahati|
|19:30 IST||Chhetri 24'||FIFA||Al-Alawi 82', 90'||Stadium: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium|
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup matches.
|8 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage||New Caledonia||1–7||France||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati|
Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (Madagascar)
|8 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage||Honduras||1–6||Japan||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati|
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
|11 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage||France||2–1||Japan||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati|
Referee: Gery Vargas (Bolivia)
|11 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage||Honduras||5–0||New Caledonia||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati|
|20:00 UTC+5:30||Report||Attendance: 11,002|
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)
|14 October 2017 U-17 World Cup – Group Stage||France||5–1||Honduras||Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati|
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
- The official site of Hero Indian Super League | Matchcentre
- "FIFA team visits Sarusajai stadium". Assam Tribune. 19 February 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2016.