Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018: Kalinga Stadium renovation work in full swing

Bhubaneswar: The state government is on its toes to ensure a “world class ” experience for players and spectators at the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018, scheduled to begin at the Kalinga Stadium hockey complex in November.

Capacity of the main stadium at the complex will increase from existing 8,000 to 15,000  on completion of the ongoing renovation work, informed sources.

Two new galleries – North and the South, will be added to the stadium taking the total number of galleries to four.  Earlier there were only two galleries -the East and the West, for the spectators

While roads around the stadium will be widened, steps have also been taken to beatify the  stadium with  illumination. “Colourful decorative lights will be installed at the stadium to give it a colourful look  Besides, underground laying of all cables surrounding the stadium will be carried out,” said  an official.

Modern facilities including dressing rooms, dining hall, conference hall, media tribune and broadcaster’s room are being added to provide it a . Besides, CCTV cameras will be installed permanently at the stadium.

All works are expected to be completed between August and September, sources added. Last month, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the online ticket sale for the world cup- the biggest hockey tournament involving 16 top teams. A total of 36 matches will be played in the tournament that will continue till December 16.

On Sunday, the CM inspected the venue and expressed his satisfaction over the expedited pace of work going on at the Kalinga Stadium. He said, “I am very happy to see the work is going on time. After completion of the work, the seating capacity will be increased to 15,000  from the existing 8,000.”