At a time when Maharashtra grapples with the coronavirus, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to convert the National Sports Club of India’s dome into a quarantine facility. The stadium which had hosted some of the leading events including Pro Kabaddi League, Indian Badminton League, NBA India games and others is now — a quarantine zone, which can accommodate around 400-500 patients.
“The authorities were looking for places where they could keep people for quarantine in the respective areas and they have identified this place. And we extended our support by giving them the dome,” the NSCI’s honorary reg. secretary, Atul Maru, told Sportstar on Wednesday.
Other Global Stadiums turned into Hospitals
Wuhan converted one of its large sports complexes into a hospital as the outbreak worsened, and others have done the same. According to the Philippine Sports Commission, two national sports complexes – one in Manila and one in Pasig City — has been turned into hospitals. The most famous stadium in Brazil, the Maracanã in Rio, has become a field hospital, a temporary facility is also being set up in a Sao Paulo Stadium. The health minister of Wales approved funding to construct a 2000 bed facility at the national stadium. Principality Stadium, which has a retractable roof. Real Madrid’s stadium, Santiago Bernabéu, is storing medical supplies