A world-class hockey stadium is being developed in Rourkela in the Odisha region of India to host the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023.
State Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said the Rourkela stadium will be developed within one year.
The stadium to be developed at Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) will be the second venue for the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2030 along with the Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar.
The Rourkela city stadium will be the biggest stadium for hockey in India with a seating capacity of 20,000. Mohapatra said:
As per the announcement made by the chief minister, it will be India’s largest hockey stadium. The identification of land and other works have been done, the construction work for the Stadium will commence within three to four months and it will be completed within a record time of one year.
This stadium will be built on 15 acres of land, along with the main pitch stadium will have practice pitches with floodlights, accommodation for players, Media center, Gym, hydrotherapy, Parking lots and other ultra-modern Facilities of World-class level.
In 2023, India will host the competition for a record fourth time since its inception in 1971. The 2023 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup is slated to be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from 13 January 2023 to 29 January 2023.
The 2023 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup being hosted in India holds great significance since India will be completing 75 years of independence in 2023.
The host federation Hockey India did not want to miss out on the opportunity to showcase the growth of the sport in the country in this landmark year and give the country another reason to celebrate 75 years of independence.
When India hosted the 14th edition of Men’s Hockey World Cup in 2018, all the matches of the competition were held at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar, but two venues will be utilised for the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup in 2023.
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