The construction of India’s largest hockey stadium in Rourkela got underway on Tuesday when Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid its foundation stone.
With a capacity to accommodate 20 thousand spectators, the state government has set a target to complete the construction of the stadium ahead of the men’s FIH Hockey World Cup 2023.
The new hockey stadium will be named after freedom fighter ‘Birsa Munda’
This stadium might in all probability go on to redefine the sports landscape of the region. The swanky hockey stadium boasts of modern hockey facilities ever designed to host the hockey World Cup.
The stadium will be spread over 15 acres of land at the Biju Patnaik University of Technology campus, Rourkela.
“With a seating capacity of more than 20,000, it will be the largest hockey stadium in the country. It will set a new benchmark in global stadium design for hockey, offering one of the finest spectator experiences in the world,” Naveen said.
According to reports in The New Indian Express, ‘the project team says that the new hockey stadium will be a model of green, functional, cost effective design.’
‘Designed to deliver the best match day experience, each seat in the stadium will have uninterrupted sightlines. The spectators will be closer to the pitch than at any other hockey stadium in the world.’
‘Sports department officials said they are working closely with Hockey India to ensure every aspect of the technical and operational compliances is met in the stadium to turn it into the best facility to host the World Cup.’
The reports also said, ‘the Rourkela airstrip adjacent to the site will also be made operational. Commercial flight operations from the airstrip are expected to start soon.’