National Stadium, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi
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Constructed to host the 1st Asian Games in the year 1951, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium is frequently called as “the temple of Indian Hockey”. Originally the stadium was started in the year 1933 with the name Irwin Amphitheatre as a Multi-purpose stadium. Later renamed as National Stadium, and legend hokey player name was added in the year 2002.
The building was designed by Anthony S. DeMillo and started by Lord Willingdon. As per the initial purpose of builder of Delhi city Edwin Lutyens there was to be big garden at the stadium, to offer a clear view of the historical building Purana Quila in the backdrop, as it located perpendicular to the axis starting from President's House and ending at the India Gate, his plans were however not worked.
Major Dhyan Chand- Legend Star of Indian Cricket Team
Born on 29th August in the year 1905, Major Dhyan Chand is considered as the best player of hockey the world has seen till date. And therefore, his birth date is marked as the Indian National Sports Day and is celebrated throughout the country. He played his last international match in 1948 with great success and scored more than 400 goals during his global career.
Facilities at the Stadium
The stadium is spread in about 37-acre of land and it has 3 synthetic pitches-2 conform to global standard and 3rd one is for practice. The main field has a sitting capacity of about 16,000 audiences. The 2nd pitch outside the main ground has 900 permanent seats and more than 1000 temporary seats can be adjusted during the need.
Both the arenas are equipped with amenities for the players such as rooms where players can relax and eat, changing rooms, a VVIP lounge and many more. Entire stadium is air-conditioned and fitted with comfortable big sized lifts.