Kollam International Hockey Stadium

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International Hockey Stadium, Kollam
Astro Turf Hockey Stadium, Kollam
Kollam International Hockey Stadium, Aug 2016.jpg
International Hockey Stadium, Kollam is located in Kollam
International Hockey Stadium, Kollam
International Hockey Stadium, Kollam
International Hockey Stadium, Kollam is located in Kerala
International Hockey Stadium, Kollam
International Hockey Stadium, Kollam
International Hockey Stadium, Kollam is located in India
International Hockey Stadium, Kollam
International Hockey Stadium, Kollam
Location of stadium in Kollam city
Full name International Astro Turf Hockey Stadium and Sports Complex, Asramam, Kollam
Location Asramam, City of Kollam(Quilon)
Coordinates 8°53′39″N 76°35′16″E / 8.894259°N 76.587831°E / 8.894259; 76.587831Coordinates: 8°53′39″N 76°35′16″E / 8.894259°N 76.587831°E / 8.894259; 76.587831
Owner Government of Kerala
Capacity 5,000[1]
Surface Astro Turf
Construction
Opened 27th January 2015
Construction cost Rs. 17.55 Crores[2]
(US$ 2.84 Million)
Architect C T Ramanathan Infrastructure Private Ltd.

The International Astro Turf Hockey Stadium is a hockey stadium situated at the city of Kollam, first of its kind in Kerala state, with a nominal capacity of around 5,000 seats.[3]

The stadium is located at an area which was formerly known as Depot Maidan within the Asramam Government property complex, less than 500 meters from the Chinnakada traffic circle. The Depot Maidan lies on the way to the Yatri Nivas Hotel from Chinnakada and was serving as a timber depot of the Forest Department before.[4]

The International Hockey Stadium in Kollam can host international hockey matches along the likes of New Delhi, Bangalore, Patiala and Ranchi. The stadium is in picturesque surroundings with Ashtamudi Lake amid a lot of greenery. [5] National Games Secretariat was overseeing the works of the stadium as part of National Games-2015.[6][7]

View of stadium building from outside

History[edit]

National Games-2015 of India had been held on Kerala. As part of that, Government of Kerala have facilitated 29 venues in the state spread over Trivandrum, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Alappuzha cities.[8][9] Kollam city & district are very famous for its players and the passion for the game. So for supporting the city's passion towards Hockey, Government of Kerala had decided to build a most modern astro turf hockey stadium within the city. Administrative sanction and construction works for the stadium has been started on 2005, in a 4.78 acres plot for a cost of Rs. 9 crores. M. Vijayakumar, the then Sports Minister of Kerala had laid the foundation stone for the stadium on 20 January 2005.[10]

Dimensions[edit]

  • Total plot area - 1.86 Hectare
  • Area of the stadium - 16,000 sqft
  • Main Play area - 6,570 sqft
  • Practicing area - 2,680 sqft

Facilities[edit]

  • VIP/VVIP Lounges
  • Hockey Federation lounge
  • Media work station
  • AIR
  • Television & announcement systems
  • Medical Room
  • Doping test facility
  • Gymnasium
  • Changing room
  • Umpire room

Kollam city as a venue of National Games-2015[edit]

Kollam city became a part of 2015 National Games of India. 2 main events - Hockey, Rugby sevens had been held at 2 different stadiums in the city[11] Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium[12] and International Hockey Stadium.[13] The International Hockey Stadium was named as Dhyan Chand Plaza during the time of National Games.

SAF Games 2015[edit]

The Indian Olympic Association(IOA) has taken a decision to conduct 12th South Asian Games(SAF Games) in Trivandrum, Kollam and Alappuzha venues in Kerala. The astro turff international hockey stadium would become one of the venues of South Asian Games. Athletes from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan will be participating in the event.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Astro-turf hockey stadium - The New Indian Express
  2. ^ "Crores Spent; Game for Future? - The New Indian Express". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ [2] Astro-turf hockey stadium - The New Indian Express
  4. ^ [3] Astro turf stadium for Kollam - The Hindu
  5. ^ [4] Kerala gears up for staging 2015 National Games - Business Standard
  6. ^ [5] Waiting for the promised antidote - TNIE
  7. ^ [6] CM inaugurates renovated university stadium - TOI
  8. ^ [7] Venues - National Games Kerala 2015
  9. ^ [8] National Games: Works on stadiums fast progressing - The New Indian Express
  10. ^ [9] First ever synthetic turf beckons Kerala - Stick2hockey.com
  11. ^ [10] Venues - National Games Kerala 2015
  12. ^ [11] - Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Kollam - National Games Kerala 2015
  13. ^ [12] New Hockey Stadium, Kollam - National Games Kerala 2015
  14. ^ "12th SAF Games Mantle Falls on State". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 

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