Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday inaugurated one of the largest hockey stadiums in India in Rourkela ahead of the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023.
Built at an estimated cost of ₹261 crore, the stadium, located in Sundargarh district, has been christened as Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium Complex. It has been built in 50 acres in a record 15 months-time with a seating capacity of 20,000. The stadium also has practice centres adjacent to it with certified turfs and lighting.
Inaugurating the stadium, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the stadium would bring glory for Odisha and would be seen as a main centre for hockey across the world.
“It will provide opportunities to major teams in India to perform. This initiative will inspire young players and create many champions,” said Mr. Patnaik.
The Odisha Chief Minister also announced a cash award of ₹1 crore each to the players of the Indian team if they go on to lift the World Cup.
World Cup village
The State has also built a World Cup village, which has 225 rooms to house the players and officials, within nine months.
Hockey India president Dilip Tirkey, State Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera, Secretary (5T) V.K. Pandian and Sports Secretary R. Vineel Krishna were present during the event.