Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

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Dhyan Chand National Stadium is a field hockey stadium at New Delhi, India. It originally held 25,000 people. It is named after former Indian field hockey player, Dhyan Chand. It served as the venue for the 1st Asian Games in 1951. The stadium was built in 1933 as a multipurpose stadium and named the Irwin Amphitheatre. It was designed by Anthony S. DeMillo. It was renamed National Stadium before the 1951 Asian Games, Dhyan Chand's name was added in 2002.

The Dhyan Chand Stadium was the host venue for the 2010 Men's Hockey World Cup. It was also the hockey venue of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The stadium underwent a major reconstruction project before the Hockey World Cup 2010.

On 24 January 2010 it became the first venue for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be unveiled. The stadium was revamped at a cost of Rs 262 crore, 50 crore more than originally budgeted. The stands, which were earthen embankments, were demolished and a new rectangular seating bowl was constructed in its place.

The stadium is spread over 17,500 square metres in the 37-acre (150,000 m2) complex. It has three synthetic pitches — two conform to international standards and a third is for practice.

A new polygrass turf was laid on all pitches equipped with new sprinkler systems. The main field has a capacity to seat about 16,200 spectators. The second pitch outside the main arena has 900 permanent seats and with a provision of 1,600 temporary seats.The two competitive pitches are flood-lit with foldable floodlight towers (hinged mast lights) which will provide 2,200 lux illumination during the competition. This will enable high definition TV transmission.

Both the pitches are equipped with facilities for the players like change rooms, relaxation lounges and a VVIP lounge.

The stadium is air-conditioned and fitted with lifts. There are barrier free provisions for athletes and spectators who are physically challenged. The stadium will get its power supply from two grids with a backup based on generator sets and battery uninterrupted power supply.
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  • I have been to this place thrice, during the world cup, commonwealth matches in delhi. Watched India-Pak and India-spain. It was then i realised the energy in the game and what a fun to watch the play...  read more »
  • Visited here to watch a hockey match. Awesome match and very beautiful stadium. Very well maintained. 
  • Visiting this place was extremely memorable because Farhan Akhtar was coming to lead a rocking concert over here. A large area in an awesome location. UA 2016 that was being organised at this place wa...  read more »
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  • National Hockey Stadium Renamed after Dhyan Chand who is widely considered as the greatest field hockey player of all time . Its the The finest hockey stadium in the country that always hosts major hockey tournaments and world cup events. It also happens to be the stadium with the first astro-turf hockey ground in India
  • It was renamed National Stadium before the 1951 Asian Games, Dhyan Chand's ( India's magical hockey player ) name was added in 2002.
  • After the 2010 makeover, this place has become fantastic. Excellent seating and other facilities. Great place to watch hockey. For a change a sports facility in India is named after a sports icon rather than a politician!!
  • Well maintained
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