Rourkela, a small steel town, will be one of the two cities in Odisha to host the 2023 Men's Hockey World Cup. Here's how he has prepared for the tournament.
India is all set to host the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 which will start from January 13 to January 29, 2023. However, it will not be one of the bigger cities to host the tournament. In fact, the two cities that have hosted the prestigious event are Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in Odisha.
While Bhubaneswar has hosted major hockey events in the past, the steel city of Rourkela will host such an international level sporting event for the first time. The Government of Odisha has left no stone unturned to make this program a success in Rourkela. He has built India’s largest hockey stadium in the name of the great tribal revolutionary Birsa Munda. A total of 20 matches will be played in the new state-of-the-art stadium with a seating capacity of 21,000 people.
While there is no official figure on how much the stadium will cost to build, a report in The Indian Express states that the project could cost an estimated Rs 500 crore. 3,600 tonnes of structural steel and 4,000 tonnes of TMT steel were used to build the stadium. Every seat has been designed in such a way that the spectators will get to watch the action without any hindrance.A total of 1,200 migrant workers from Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand have worked round the clock to develop this stadium.
Players will also not need to travel long distances as all facilities including gym, swimming pool, accommodation and practice pitch are available. are located close to each other. The newly developed airport is also close to the stadium.
Since Rourkela does not have a five-star hotel, a 250-room accommodation has been built to accommodate the players and support staff coming from different countries. The residence has been handed over to the Taj Group for management during the tournament. The families and friends of the players have been requested to use the services of the 60 hotels already present in Rourkela.
input: The Indian Express