Naveen Patnaik announces biggest hockey stadium in Rourkela ahead of 2023 World Cup | Hockey News


BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced a new world-class hockey stadium in Rourkela city, which would be the biggest stadium for hockey in India with a sitting capacity of 20,000 persons.
The stadium will be the second venue for the men’s hockey World Cup 2023. It will be constructed within the Biju Patnaik University of Technology campus in the steel city over 15 acres of land.
Announcing this in a video message, the chief minister said the stadium will be constructed as a tribute to the contribution of Sundargarh to Indian Hockey.
“As we have announced earlier, Odisha will once again be the proud host of the prestigious Men’s Hockey World Cup in 2023. The hockey stadium is going to redefine the sports landscape in the region,” announced Naveen.
The stadium along with the allied facilities will be developed as a benchmark for other Hockey stadiums around the world, said the chief minister.
As Sundargarh district is known as the powerhouse of hockey talent, Naveen said many great hockey players from the district have represented the country at the international level. The India team led by Players like Dilip Tirkey and Sunita Lakra have brought laurels for the country
“Popularity of hockey can be seen across the district. The support of people of the district to hockey players is unparalleled anywhere in the world. The stadium will have all the modern amenities and will offer a unique experience. I hope it will emerge as the best venue for Field Hockey in the World,” said Naveen.
The chief minister’s announcement came a week after a high-level team including senior officials from the International Federation of Hockey (FIH), state government and Hockey India visited Rourkela to take stock of the infrastructure requirements for the mega sporting event.
Odisha that had successfully hosted the Men’s Hockey World Cup in 2018 has also been selected as the host for the next edition of the sporting event. The event will be held at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and the proposed new stadium in Rourkela. While the state government had constructed the world-class hockey stadium at Kalinga Stadium ahead of the 2018 men’s World Cup, it has sitting capacity of around 15,000 persons.
Besides developing international-standard hockey infrastructure in Sundargarh, the state government has already initiated works to develop synthetic hockey turf in each of the 17 blocks in the tribal-dominated district, work for which has already been started.


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