With an increased seating capacity, a re-laid new synthetic turf, pictorial portrays of participating teams, an exhibition of the vibrant colours and culture of Odisha, Bhubaneswar is all set for the Grand Opening of the 14th FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup.
The curtain will formally come-up on the much-awaited, Odisha State-backed event with the Grand Opening ceremony today (Tuesday) at 5:30 PM. With Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Oscar winner AR Rahman set to dazzle the stage, the FIH World Cup opening ceremony will simply be among the most entertaining curtain raisers for a high profile sports events in India.
The fans can catch the live action from the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, on Star Sports Network channels and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) official.
Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
TV Guide: Star Sports Network, Doordarshan
Live Streaming: International Hockey Federation (FIH) official YouTube Channel, and the Star Sports OTT platform Hotstar.
The spruced-up venue has both practice and main turfs relaid with new blue turf as per the FIH specifications. The capacity of the main stadium has been increased to 15,000. Two new galleries, on the north and other on the south side, have been added to the iconic venue, extending the grand stands to four.
Besides four player’s changing rooms, designed and implemented by Competitions Department of Hockey India after thorough research done across player’s changing rooms utilised for various High-Performance International/ club sports and set up for the first time ever across any hockey stadium in the world, three dedicated Goalkeeper Equipment Rooms have also been designed keeping in mind the elaborate kitting that a Goalkeeper has and dedicated Umpire’s Changing Room.
There is also an exclusive Lounge for the Players and Officials, while a dedicated Media Centre, special boxes for VIPs and Officials have also been created at the venue. Also, a Walk of Champions has been created, showcasing the World Cup winners starting from 1971 to 2014 dedicated to Men’s Hockey World Champions and the athlete’s participating in the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.
“Our aim is to make this World Cup a benchmark for years to come. To reach that level, our endeavour is to offer top-of-the-line facilities for players, spectators, fans and all stakeholders alike. Keeping that in mind, the stadium has been revamped in a manner befitting to host an event of this magnitude,” Ms. Elena Norman, CEO, Hockey India.
“This is by far the biggest and grandest sporting event being hosted in the State of Odisha and Bhubaneswar. Our aim was to give every single person who comes to the stadium, be it a fan, a player or a stakeholder, a memorable experience and the stadium now looks equipped to achieve that,” said Vishal Kumar Dev, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Sports & Youth Services Department, Odisha Government.
A total of 16 countries – hosts India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, England, Spain, Pakistan, New Zealand, France, China, South Africa, Malaysia, Canada and Ireland – will feature in 36 matches across 19 days to decide the new World Champion of Field Hockey.
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