Indian Hockey stadiums boast of world class facilities and infrastructure. As hockey is the national game of India, there have been tremendous efforts to keep the hockey stadiums in the country update with the world class requirements. The hockey stadiums in India are equipped with synthetic turfs and spectator friendly amenities. Over the years, they have played host to many memorable contests. Read on to explore more about some of the major hockey grounds in India.
Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium, Egmore, Chennai
Radhakrishnan Stadium is regarded by the International Hockey Federation as one of the best in the world for its state-of-the-art infrastructure. After installation of a synthetic turf surface in 1995, the stadium hosted the hockey event in the SAF Games and the 1996 Champions Trophy. In 2004, the stadium was redesigned and upgraded by the Sports Authority of Tamil Nadu to prepare the venue for hosting the 2005 Champions Trophy in December. After the renovation drive, the stadium features a re-laid synthetic hockey surface and floodlights of international standards.
Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi
The erstwhile National Stadium, known as the "temple of Indian hockey," was dedicated to the memory of Indian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand in 2002. The Stadium boasts of two brand new synthetic hockey turfs and has a capacity of 25,000. In preparation for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, the hockey pitches will be equipped with floodlights and electronic and video-matrix scoreboard.
Gachibowli Stadium, Hyderabad
The Gachibowli Stadium was built by construction major Larsen & Toubro Ltd. in mere 70 days for the 2003 SAF Games. This state-of-the-art stadium hosted the 2005 Premier Hockey League. It is one of the most well equipped as well as popular hockey stadiums in the country.
K. D. Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow
The stadium in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh was named in the memory of famous Indian hockey player ‘Kunwar Digvijay Singh Babu.’ This stadium is one of the premier Indian hockey stadiums and a witness of several memorable tournaments of the Indian hockey tournaments.
Surjeet Hockey Stadium, Jalandhar
This astro-turf stadium was named after the Olympian Surjeet Singh. Based in Jalandhar, this stadium is one of the most popular hockey stadiums of north India and a witness of several national and international hockey championships in the country.