State-owned Kalinga Stadium is the biggest of its kind in Odisha, featuring infrastructure facility for several disciplines.
Located in the heart of capital city Bhubaneswar, the picturesque stadium has an astro-turf hockey complex, international-standard swimming complex, synthetic track for athletics, international-standard football ground, 10 tennis courts, three basketball courts, three volleyball courts, three practice fields, two hostel building, 37 A/C Deluxe rooms, 26 dormitories with a capacity to accommodate 470 sportspersons, two gymnasiums, conference room, a jogging track etc. The main stadium has a 50,000 seating capacity. Government College of Physical Education and Nehru Yuva Kendra also function from this stadium.
The stadium staged Hockey India League matches in 2014. It also hosted national-level competitions in athletics, tennis, football, swimming, rugby and kickboxing. Barija Ranjan Mohanty is the in-charge of the stadium.
Temple City Bhubaneswar proved to be a magnificent new home for hockey by staging the 35th Men’s Champions Trophy Tournament very successfully at Kalinga Stadium Hockey Complex from Dec 6 to 14, 2014. Germany won the glittering silver trophy for the 10th time with a convincing 2-0 win over three-time title winners Pakistan in the thrilling summit clash.
Hosts India finished fourth after they lost to defending champions Australia 1-2. Earlier in the semifinals, India lost to Pakistan 3-4, while Germany edged out defending champions Australia 3-2. Pakistan’s fighting win, however, lost much of its sheen as some of the Pak players showed indecent gesture to the crowd, while celebrating their victory. Here are some pictures of the tournament.
Despite protest from political parties, Odisha Cricket Association took the challenge to host the ICC Women`s World Cup matches, involving Pakistan at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack and DRIEMS Cricket Stadium in Tangi at short notice. The move turned out to be super hit, delivering immense benefits.