Hosts India will be playing all their group matches of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi is not new to hosting mega events. This was the venue for 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. It has also seen its share of top flight football action – hosting the SAFF Championship and the Nehru Cup. Even Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have set foot in this stadium turf for a testimonial for Bhaichung Bhutia.
However, the same pitch will not be used for the 2017 U-17 World Cup. The main field of play has been re-laid ahead of the youth tournament. Even the warm-up pitch saw major revamp after Jaime Yarza, FIFA head of tournaments, raised concerns.