The stadium has an eight-lane synthetic athletics track of 400 meters. The natural football turf is in the middle of the stadium.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which is also known as the Marina Arena, is a multi-purpose stadium in Chennai, India. The stadium was constructed in an area where the old Madras Zoo was located. The field is predominantly used for football matches and athletic competitions and is named after Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister. The stadium is within a complex which also houses a multipurpose indoor stadium for table tennis, basketball and volleyball sports. Tamil Nadu State football team as well as Chennaiyin FC are the tenants of the stadium that plays in the Santosh Trophy matches and in the Indian Super League (ISL), respectively. Besides this, there are other facilities such as air-conditioned Indoor Warm-up Track, separate halls for Judo, Chess, Carrom, Weightlifting, Table Tennis and Boxing events. There are also separate courts for Beach Volleyball, Volleyball (with flood light), Throwball and Kabaddi along with centres for Fitness and Shooting Range. When there is no game scheduled for a day, the stadium is open to the public for holding functions and concerts.
The highest opening stand of 413 runs for India was recorded here by Indian cricketers M.H. Mankad and P. Roy against New Zealand.
This venue has hosted nine cricket Test Matches in between 1956-1965.
The stadium played host to the World Volleyball Grand Prix tournament in 1998.
The highest goal-scoring match of ISL played at the stadium was with 6 goals between Chennaiyin FC and Mumbai City FC when Chennaiyin FC scored 5 goals and Mumbai City FC scored 1 goal on 28th October 2014.