JLN Stadium is known beyond the nation’s boundaries for its great sporting culture, building a metro station within earshot to the stadium is truly an unerring sense of decision made by KMRL. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Kochi, locally known as Kaloor International Stadium is a multiple sports stadium that has a seating capacity of 60,000 spectators. It is indeed a home ground for the Kerala Blasters FC and Kerala celebrity cricket team as well. It is the third largest stadium in India next to Eden Gardens and Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. It was built by the Kerala government combined with the GCDA (Greater Cochin Development Authority) in 1996. It is veritably one of the favorite venues for International cricket matches. Despite that, the ground is also used for many socio-cultural and political gatherings and exhibitions as well.
The stadium is presently at the epicentre of Kochi Metro’s operations as it stands somewhat in the centre of the 22 stations long phase 1 stretch and will also play an important role when phase 2 is constructed and completed as Kaloor has been chosen as the area from which KMRL will construct its second phase heading towards Kakkanad. JNL Stadium and Kaloor are two stations that will see a great deal of passenger inflow as the area serves as a major hub in the city connecting people with the Kaloor bus stand, the stadium and the ever-bustling areas in and around it.
Theme and Design:
KMRL is in the process of building a station at close quarters to the stadium and have decided to take “Sporting Heritage of Kerala” as the theme for the metro station. JLNJLN stadium has been the host for some of the most memorable sporting events, be it cricket, football or athletics. This station should capture the rich sporting heritage of Kerala like ‘Kalari’ and be showcasing its achievements in athletics, football, and cricket.