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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  • Build on the name of one of the best hockey player from India at a prime location just opposite to India gate  more »
  • Overall the standard of this stadium are very high and world class. Seating is also very good and as per the modern era.  more »
  • Named after the magician of Hockey, this stadium is well maintained. Not too far from Pragati Maidan it’s easily accessible too.  more »
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  • An international level hockey ground situated in the heart of city and accessible by many means of transport!! You may reach it by cabs such as Uber and Ola or bus or even metro!! There was heavy jam when I went there so that was a minus point for me and also no one was there to streamline the traffic!!
  • This is an international level hockey stadium. It is named after legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand in 2002. Very secure and neat and clean this place is. Located in the heart of Delhi near India Gate. One of the place for hockey training in the country.
  • As the name suggests, the National Stadium, later renamed Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, occupies pride of place in the list of sports venues in the country. It dates back to 1933 and was built as a gift for Delhi by the Maharaja of Bhavnagar. It happens to be located just behind India Gate, flanked by the Purana Quila on one side and Jaipur House or National Gallery of Modern Art, on the other. The National Stadium served as the venue of the first Asian Games in 1951 as well as the host venue for the 2010 Men’s Hockey World Cup. Before playing host to the hockey events of the Commonwealth Games, the stadium was revamped at a cost of 262 crore. Spread over 17,500 square metres, it has three synthetic pitches and has a capacity of 16,200 spectators. The Bollywood blockbuster, Chak De, was shot in large parts in the National Stadium.
  • The place has quite a big parking lot which is free. The stadium is very big and really spacious with good seating. Good staff and the security is very tight here.
  • Since it is a national stadium, almost all facilities required are available here. Now a days, Ministry of Home Affairs has taken this building on lease for accommodating it's offices.
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