Stadiums in BhubaneswarNot many cities in India have a sports stadium. But, the city of Bhubaneswar can boast of modern and multi purpose stadiums in the city.
The Kalinga StadiumThe Kalinga Stadium is one such multi-purpose stadium located in Bhubaneswar. It was built in the year 2010 and has contemporary facilities for playing football, hockey, basketball, tennis, athletics and swimming. There is an 8-lane athletics track, one sports hostel, a gymnasium. The Stadium can seat 55, 000 spectators at one time. It is looked after by the Government of Odisha.
Location: Bidyut Marg, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
The Barabati StadiumThe Barabati Stadium is a popular cricket stadium in the city of Cuttack, not very far from Bhubaneswar. It is the home ground of the Odisha cricket team and is operated by the Odisha Cricket Association. The Barabati Stadium is one of the oldest playgrounds in India and has hosted many touring sides – including the MCC, the West Indies team and the Australians - before it hosted its first international match. It is equipped with floodlights for day-and-night games and is a regular venue for One Day Internationals (ODI) matches. Some top level Football matches are also played here. It was established in the year 1958 and it can seat almost 45,000 people.
A few interesting trivia
- Kapil Dev bagged his 300th test wicket when he bowled Rumesh Ratnayake in January 1987.
- The Stadium hosted matches in both the World Cups hosted in the subcontinent - 1987 Cricket World Cup (Australia beat Zimbabwe by 70 runs) and 1996 Cricket World Cup (India beat Kenya by 7 Wickets).
- Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja put on an unbroken 275 run partnership against Zimbabwe which was the then highest ODI partnership.
The Barabati stadium has hosted One Day International (ODI) matches when India hosted the Cricket World Cup in 1987 and 1996. It has also hosted the ICC women's world cup matches in the year 2013.
Santosh Trophy, Football
This stadium was the main venue of the 2012 Santosh Trophy football tournament.