Odisha's Birsa Munda Stadium enters Guinness World Records as largest hockey stadium; Watch CM Naveen Patnaik's reaction
Birsa Munda Stadium in Odisha’s Rourkela has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as it is officially recognised as the world’s largest-seated hockey stadium. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik welcomed the news and congratulated the people of the state.
“It is thrilling news. I’m truly delighted. The Birsa Munda Stadium has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest hockey stadium in the world. I congratulate the people of Odisha and the team that has made this possible. I’m amazed that it is built in 15 months. It is a great accomplishment for the people of Odisha,” he can be heard saying in a video message after his Personal Secretary VK Pandian broke the news to him.
The Odisha government had earlier said that the magnificent stadium which is named after Indian tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda was the largest venue in terms of sitting capacity.
“A proud moment for #Odisha. The largest fully seated hockey stadium of the #world is the Birsa Munda Hockey stadium in Rourkela. Just certified by the Guiness Book of World Records. Salute the team Odisha and inspiring vision of HCM @naveen_odisha. Jai Jagannatha” wrote the Secretary to the CM on his official Instagram handle.
The 21,000-capacity facility was built in a record time of 15 months to host the World Cup matches. It has a separate fitness centre, a swimming pool and a tunnel connecting the dressing room and the adjacent practice pitch.
The 200-crore stadium has been built on an area of 35 acres inside the 120-acre campus of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology at the outskirts of Rourkela.
The stadium houses an accommodation worth Rs 80 crore -- called World Cup village -- which has over 200 rooms that can house at least eight teams and star facilities serviced by Taj Group.