After having an awesome time at the Nandankanan wilderness we visited the famous Kalinga Stadium next. It is very easily accessible from all corners of the city and is located at the Bidyut Marg at Bhubaneswar. This multi – purpose stadium is owned by the Government of Odhisha. As we reached this destination we were amazed to see the vast expanse of the stadium.
It has a carrying capacity of 55,000 people. Its current tenants comprise of the Kalinga Lancers, India men’s national field hockey team and Samaleswari Sporting club. Build in 2010 the Kalinga Stadium is an important site for organizing various sport events.
This stadium is well equipped with facilities for various sports that include soccer, athletics, basketball, field hockey, table tennis, swimming as well as tennis. It features an athletic track that comprises of 8 lanes. It also includes facilities such as gymnasium and sports hostel.
The Kalinga Stadium is the proud owner of India’s first and foremost newly built Olympic standard hockey turf. It hosted the Men’s hockey Champions trophy in the year 2014 and has been finalized as a host for 2018 men’s hockey world cup.
This stadium is a delight for sportsmanship in India, as it covers a large number of sporting activities and provides a play ground for the blooming sportsmen of India. Recently the stadium has also appointed state level and national level coaches to train the budding talents of our nation. This is a very hub of sports in the city of Bhubaneswar and provides ample of facilities to nurture and carve out the talents of those who wish to pursue sports as their profession.
Apart from sporting activities it is a nice green and calm place located right at the heart of the city and serves as a perfect site for many morning and evening walkers as well as for those who just wish to sit back and enjoy the greenery and calmness of the vicinity.
We all went to the Kalinga stadium and spent a very peaceful evening there. Both my kids were busy playing with their disk for the whole evening. Finally they were exhausted and we went back to our hotel and retired to our beds hoping to discover more the next dawn.