Odisha Prime Minister Naveen Patnaik announced Thursday that India’s largest hockey stadium will be built in Rourkela and the 20,000-seat facility will host the FIH Men’s World Cup matches in 2023.
Spread over 15 acres of land, the stadium will be built on the campus of Biju Patnaik University of Technology.
Announcing this in a video message, Patnaik said: “As we previously announced, Odisha will once again be the proud host of the prestigious Men’s Hockey World Cup in 2023.”
The tournament will be organized both in the capital Bhubaneswar and in Rourkela in the Sundargarh district.
Many renowned players in the district, such as Dilip Tirkey and Sunita Lakra, have represented the country internationally.
The popularity of hockey can be seen throughout the district.
“In homage to Sundargarh’s contribution to Indian hockey, I would like to announce that we will build a new world-class stadium in Rourkela with a capacity of 20,000 seats.
“The stadium will have all modern comforts and offer a unique experience. I hope it will emerge as the best field hockey venue in the world, ”the CM said.
Recently, a senior team that included senior officials from the state government, the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Department of Sports and Youth Services, and Hockey India visited Rourkela.
They surveyed the city’s allied infrastructure and facilities to host the prestigious event.
Work to develop synthetic hockey turf in each of the 17 blocks in the Sundargarh district has already begun.