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Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium
Anil Kumar Aitwal
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The following article is about Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium which is scheduled to host the hockey matches at the Commonwealth Games 2010.
Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium
was built in 1951. It is a stadium dedicated only to hockey and has been hosting hockey matches and tournaments ever since. There could be no name apt for the stadium other than naming the stadium after the
hockey legend, Dhyan Chand
who was also known as '
Wizard of Hockey
.' Like all the other stadia in Delhi that have been scheduled to host various Commonwealth sports, the hockey stadium also has been renovated. Two brand new synthetic turfs have been laid on the hockey field. The stadium is also equipped with the floodlights and has three hockey pitches.
Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium has been equipped with two competition pitches and one warm-up pitch. The capacity of one pitch is 19,118 while the second pitch is 2,500. The hockey matches will be played almost everyday from 4 to 14 October 2010. The venue is about 10 kilometres from the Games Village. Hockey fans can enter the stadium through gate number 3 (High Court Road), gate number 5 (Mathura Road)and gate number 6 (Purana Qila Road).
Rain water harvesting and recycling of treated water has been incorporated by the organisers in the stadium. The orientation of the stadium is north-south which is the best position of any building. Thermal insulation has also been taken into account. Use of waterless urinals and push cock in the wash basins has been a serious step towards water conservation.
Access to Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium
Spectators may avail the metro services to reach the following metro stations from where they will be provided shuttles that will carry them to the venue.
- Pragati Maidan Metro Station
- Udyog Bhavan Metro Station
- Mandi House Metro Station
- Khan Market Metro Station
- Central Secretariat Metro Station
- Barakhamba Metro Station
By Own Vehicle
Spectators who will be coming on their own will have to park their vehicles at the following areas:
-Zoo Parking - Then walk 500 metres to Venue Gate Number 3
-Bhairon Marg Parking - Then walk 500 metres to Venue Gate Number 5
Sports enthusiasts can also park at Central Vista lawns and Modern School Barakhamba Road. The visitors will then have to ride shuttles to any one of the following drop-off points from where they will have to walk.
- Bapa Nagar – walk 600 metres to Venue Gate
- ITPO Gate Number 5 – walk 500 metres to Venue Gate
- Bhairon Marg – walk 500 metres to Venue Gate
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