Three stadiums in Goa announced as hosts for Hero ISL 2020-21
The passionate football state of Goa is set to host all the matches in Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21. Keeping in mind the safety and well-being of players, participants, staff members and fans amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) has decided to host the upcoming Hero ISL season across three stadiums in the state of Goa.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, the Tilak Nagar Stadium in Vasco da Gama and the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim are the three venues slated to host the matches with strict training and social distancing protocols later this year.
“I am delighted to bring the ISL Season 7 to the state of Goa, from where we had left the action last season. Congratulations to the beautiful state of Goa and their passionate fans of football, as they once again become the epicenter of the beautiful game in India,”, said Mrs. Nita Ambani, Founder & Chairperson, Football Sports Development Limited.
ABOUT THE VENUES
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda
Also known as the Fatorda Stadium, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is the home ground of FC Goa in the Hero ISL. A multi-purpose stadium, the venue is owned by the Sports Authority of Goa and has hosted India’s qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup and the AFC Asian Cup. It was also one of the six venues for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup held in India.
Tilak Nagar Stadium, Vasco da Gama
The Tilak Nagar Stadium in Vasco da Gama is a multi-purpose stadium which has played host to Hero-I League matches as well as games in the Goa Professional League. Maintained by the Sports Authority of Goa, the stadium is the home ground of Indian Arrows – the Indian football team’s developmental side – and other local teams from Goa.
GMC Athletic Stadium, Bambolim
The GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim is the first integrated athletic complex in Goa. It has been constructed according to IAAF specifications and norms and played host to the Lusofonia Games in 2014. The field is covered with natural turf and is used as the training ground for the FC Goa developmental squad.
FC Goa also lifted the inaugural Hero ISL League Winners Shield in front of their home fans during the second leg of their semi-final clash against Chennaiyin last season.