The foundation stone of the Birsa Munda Stadium was laid by Odisha Chief Minister at Rourkela on Tuesday.

A new International Hockey Stadium is all set to be built in the city of Rourkela, Odisha and it will be named after Indian freedom fighter Birsa Munda, announced Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of the state on Tuesday. The stadium is going to the most modern field hockey facility designed to host the Hockey World Cup 2023 tournament.

The venue is located within the sprawling campus of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology, which is one of the premier technical institutes of the state. It is also adjacent to the Rourkela air strip, where the commercial flights are expected to start soon.

The Birsa Munda Stadium will be a new benchmark in global stadium design for hockey, offering one of the finest spectator experiences in the world. Additionally, with a chaired seated capacity exceeding 20000, it will also become the largest hockey stadium in India.

The stadium will be a model of green, functional and cost-effective design which is designed to deliver the best matchday atmospheres in the world. It has also been understood that each seat will have uninterrupted sightlines and the spectators will be closer to the pitch than at any other hockey stadium in the world.

Working closely with Hockey India, every aspect of the technical and operational compliances have been met to provide a seamless facility to host the World Cup. On Tuesday, Chief Minister Patnaik made the announcements regarding the Birsa Munda Stadium while laying the foundation stone for it at Rourkela.

Earlier this week, a delegation of officials from the FIH and the Hockey India had also visited to review the stadium site.

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