Rourkela Hockey Stadium To Be Named After Freedom Fighter Birsa Munda
The hockey stadium in Rourkela will be named after tribal leader and freedom fighter Birsa Munda. It will be called the ‘Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium.’ Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the decision while laying the foundation stone of the stadium.
The stadium site is located within the campus of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology and is being constructed adjacent to the airstrip. The commercial flight operations in the airstrip are expected to start soon.
The Birsa Munda hockey stadium is believed to be the largest hockey stadium in the world with a seating capacity of over 20,000 spectators.
“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 Patnaik said in his inaugural speech. “The stadium will inspire the youth and inspire them to dream big and do great things,” the CM added.
In January, a team of high-level officials from the State Government including Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, 5T Secretary VK Pandian and officials from the State Sports Department had visited the proposed site of the construction.
The stadium will be constructed in a cost-effective design and the seating arrangements will help the spectators watch the match close to the turf.
The Birsa Munda International hockey stadium is the co-host of the 2023 Men’s World Cup along with Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The 2018 edition of the World Cup was also held in Bhubaneswar. This is the first time that a country will be hosting two consecutive World Cups.