Odisha gears up for Men's Hockey World Cup 2018

The Hockey Practising field at Kalinga Stadium here would be developed as a Hockey stadium to host the 2018 World Hockey Cup (Men) and the worldwide Hockey league scheduled to be held from December 1 to 10 this year.Presiding over a preparatory committee meeting for the hockey matches, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said new galleries would be constructed on the north and south side of the stadium to accommodate 20,000 more visitors.

The Hockey India seems quite satisfied with progress and steps taken by the State government to host the big events. The hockey field would be developed into a hockey stadium. On Monday, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi chaired a meeting to take stock of the preparations.

Bhubaneswar: Kalinga Stadium will be revamped including increasing the seating capacity from 9,000 to 20,000 by end of October next year, official sources said.

With around 30,000 spectators and tourists expected to visit Bhubaneswar during the mega event, the state government is planning to develop more guest houses to accommodate visitors. "And provision of prior booking should also be made available for visitors", Padhi added. Top teams from eight countries including India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain will participate in the Men's Hockey World League, to be held in December 2017. Around 22 matches will be played during the tournament. "Earlier hockey matches have been conducted in Odisha successfully". He also said more foreign tourists are expected to arrive in the state since the hockey events would be held during the peak tourist season.

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