Bhubaneswar: Odisha is gearing up to host the second consecutive Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023, for which the preparations are in full swing.
The iconic Kalinga Stadium, one of the venues for the mega sporting event, is getting a facelift with infra development.
A brand new turf has been laid on the Kalinga Hockey Stadium on Saturday ahead of the Hockey World Cup, informed the Department of Sports and Youth Services.
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Ahead of the soon appoaching Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023, Kalinga Hockey Stadium is getting a brand new turf laid today. 🏑
Aren’t you excited? We surely are! pic.twitter.com/nyGDTPnWme
— Odisha Sports (@sports_odisha) May 14, 2022
The old synthetic turf at the stadium has been removed and is being replaced with a new lining.
Following the success of Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018, Odisha is all set to host the second consecutive Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13 to 29 next year.
The Odisha Government has sanctioned Rs. 356.38 crore for the development of infrastructure at Kalinga Stadium and the construction of the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.
While the existing iconic Kalinga Hockey stadium in Bhubaneswar has 15,000 seating capacity, the State is building a new hockey stadium, the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela with 20,000 seating capacity making it India’s largest hockey stadium.