Kalinga Stadium Looks New

With the 14th edition of Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 coming up in Bhubaneswar in just a few weeks, the Capital City of Odisha is all geared up for the prestigious hockey tournament.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the new and renovated Kalinga Stadium, which over the past few months has received world class upgrades, making it one of the premier destinations for sporting events in the world.
Minister Sports & Youth Services, Chandra Sarathi Behera, Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Special Secretary To CM V Karthikeyan Pandian, Secretary Sports & Tourism Vishal Dev, Director Sports & Youth Services, R Vineel Krishna and others were present.
With an aim to provide best of the sports infrastructures, the Odisha Government remodelled Kalinga Stadium into an international sports complex providing facilities for all kinds of sports and games.
Both practice and main pitches have been re-laid with new blue turf as per the FIH specification.
The stadium capacity has also been increased from 7500 to 15000 adding two new galleries in the north and south ends of the stadium for the spectators.
Inaugurating the remodeled Stadium, the Chief Minister said, “This is a momentous occasion for all of us in Odisha and we are proud to give India a world-class sporting complex in the form of Kalinga Stadium. We are excited and all set to host the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 next month at the Kalinga Stadium. I am confident that it will be one of the many international levels sporting events that will be held in the state.”
"With the Stadium now officially inaugurated, one can see the commitment and tireless effort that has gone into making the iconic Kalinga Stadium truly one of the best venues for hockey in the world. With increased capacity and comfortable seating arrangement for spectators as well as an upgraded flood light system among many other key features that have been given a face-lift, we can expect the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup, Bhubaneswar 2018 to be an extravagant event and I am sure that hockey fans from across the globe will carry with them great memories from here." said Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad, President, Hockey India.
Also, as a part of the inaugural ceremony, hockey legends Dilip Tirkey and Dhanraj Pillay led their respective teams comprising of the current stars of team India who enthralled fans with an exhibition match. It was a great opportunity for the younger players to get a chance to play along with their heroes. Hockey legend Sandeep Singh was also present providing special match commentary.
The match ended with team Dilip Tirkey edging out team Dhanraj Pillay with score line of 2-1.
Speaking on the occasion, Dilip Tirkey said, “It was a thrilling experience to lead my team in such an entertaining clash.” 
“Odisha has always been a hot bed for Hockey with the Kalinga Stadium being the home. It was a great first match with Dilip’s team and hope the boys got a good feel of the new turf,” said Dhanraj Pillay.

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