Kozhikode Corporation EMS Stadium

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EMS Stadium
LocationRajaji Road, Kozhikode, Kerala
OwnerKozhikode Corporation
OperatorKerala Football Association
Opened1977; 47 years ago (1977)
ArchitectRK Remesh

The EMS Stadium, located in Kozhikode, Kerala, India,[1] is a multi-purpose stadium primarily used for football matches.[2][3] The stadium most recently was home to the I-League team Gokulam Kerala FC, as well as their IWL women's team. Built in 1977,[4] the stadium has the capacity of 50,000 spectators.[citation needed] It is named after the first Chief Minister of Kerala E. M. S. Namboodiripad. The stadium has played host to several important football tournaments, such as Super Cup, Santhosh Trophy, and Sait Nagjee Football tournament. Gokulam Kerala has been playing their home matches at the EMS Stadium since 2017 and has had a successful run at the stadium winning their first I-League home match against East Bengal FC with a score of 2–1. The stadium is considered as a historic and important venue for football in the region.


The Corporation Stadium has undergone significant renovations over the years to improve its infrastructure and facilities. In 2005, the stadium underwent a renovation to host State Bank of Travancore National Football League matches. Another renovation was done in 2011 in preparation for the National Games in 2012, with the Corporation of Kozhikode and the government investing around 18 Crore for the upgrade.

The new design of the stadium by RK Ramesh, includes state-of-the-art amenities such as a VVIP lounge with a seating capacity of 200, dressing rooms, media center, and other facilities. The grandstand pavilion was also upgraded for the National Games in 2012, and the stadium was fitted with improved floodlights to ensure high-quality matches. The EMS Stadium has been renovated to be an international standard stadium for both football and cricket.

The stadium is also equipped with modern facilities like VIP seating arrangements, food courts, and washrooms. The stadium has also installed CCTV cameras for security and safety measures. The stadium is easily accessible to public transport.[5]

The EMS Stadium is a premier sports venue in Kerala and continues to host a wide range of events, such as concerts and festivals.[6]


Kozhikode EMS Stadium Gallery during the starting ceremony of Kerala Blasters match in Hero Super Cup, April 2023


It was the home ground of Viva Kerala FC in the I-league. It was also the home ground of Gokulam Kerala, and its women's team.[7]

This stadium is famous for the football crazy fans of Kozhikode.[citation needed] Santhosh Trophy and Sait Nagjee Football Tournament were held at the stadium.

The stadium hosted matches of 2023 Indian Super Cup.[8][9][10]

Major football matches hosted[edit]

AFC Women's Championship[edit]

1980 AFC Women's Championship, where the Indian team won silver, was held here.

1987 Nehru Cup[edit]

The Kozhikode Corporation EMS stadium hosted the 1987 Nehru Cup, which was won by the Soviet Union. National teams of Bulgaria, China, Denmark, Germany, India, Nigeria, Soviet Union and Syria participated in the tournament.

Sait Nagjee Football Tournament[edit]

2016 Sait Nagjee Trophy Teams

Team Location Confederation
FC Dnipro Reserves Ukraine UEFA
1860 München II Munich UEFA
Argentina U23 Argentina CONMEBOL
Atlético Paranaense Reserves Curitiba CONMEBOL
Volyn Lutsk Ukraine UEFA
Rapid București Bucharest UEFA
Shamrock Rovers Dublin UEFA
Watford Reserves Watford UEFA

National Games[edit]

The stadium hosted football matches for the 35th National Games.[11]

Other uses[edit]


It also hosted the veterans of India and Pakistan cricket match in which legends like Ijaz Ahmed, Syed Kirmani and others played. In 1994, touring West Indies had taken Mumbai in a three-day encounter. West Indies were dismissed for 176 and Bombay ended the day at 53/2. The match, however, had to be called off after the opening day owing to law and order problems in the wake of a bandh.

Other Event[edit]

It also hosted many cultural events held at Kozhikode like malabar mahotsavam.[citation needed] It also hosted the inaugural performance of world tour of A. R. Rahman, the Academy Award–winning musician.[citation needed]


The Kozhikode EMS Stadium is located in the heart of the city. It lies beside the Pavamani Road between Rajaji road and New Bus stand, a common stretch among many city bus routes. The Stadium Mavoor Road from the Western side allows access from Mananchira and Arayadathupalam, although there is no public transport along this route. The stadium is situated at 2.5 km from the Kozhikode railway station and railway stations respectively. The stadium is 26 km (16 mi) from Calicut International Airport, and 30 km (19 mi) from Thamarassery.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "football in Calicut". Kozhikode.com. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  3. ^ PS, Sreerag (7 April 2023). "'Stepmotherly treatment to I-League clubs': Gokulam Kerala fans irate over no Super Cup qualifiers live telecast". thesouthfirst.com. Kochi: The South First News. Archived from the original on 10 October 2023. Retrieved 10 October 2023.
  4. ^ "EMS Stadium: Our home". Gokulam Kerala FC. Archived from the original on 21 April 2021.
  5. ^ "E.M.S. Stadium Famous Stadium in Kerala". www.indiamapped.com. Retrieved 18 January 2023.
  6. ^ "EMS Stadium Gets Ready for Some Cricketing Action". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  7. ^ s.pai, vinayak. "I League 2017/18: Gokulam Kerala FC 1-1 Mohun Bagan: 5 talking points from the game". Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Super Cup: Sreenidi Deccan beat Kerala Blasters". onmanorama.com. Kozhikode: Onmanorama News. 12 April 2023. Archived from the original on 13 April 2023. Retrieved 13 April 2023.
  9. ^ "Kerala Blasters vs Sreenidi Deccan HIGHLIGHTS, Super Cup 2023: Hassan, Castaneda goals help SDEC stun KBFC 2–0". sportstar.thehindu.com. Kozhikode: Sportstar. 12 April 2023. Archived from the original on 12 April 2023. Retrieved 13 April 2023.
  10. ^ Rawat, Akhil (25 April 2023). "Odisha FC bask in Kozhikode rain; beat Bengaluru FC to claim Hero Super Cup crown". the-aiff.com. Kozhikode: All India Football Federation. Archived from the original on 25 April 2023. Retrieved 25 April 2023.
  11. ^ "Kerala to host 35th National Games from January 31". 27 June 2014. Archived from the original on 22 January 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2018 – via www.thehindu.com.

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