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Asian Champions Trophy: Chennai's Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium Gets Major Upgrade

July 4, 2023

Preparations are in full swing at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium in Egmore, Chennai, with just a month remaining for the highly-anticipated Asian Champions Trophy.

The historic stadium, famous for hosting the Men's Asia Cup in 2007, is undergoing significant renovations to ensure it meets international standards for the prestigious event.

Constructed in 1995, the stadium, with a seating capacity of over 8,000, is receiving brand-new turf, set to be unveiled later this month.

In addition to the main pitch, a new half-court turf is being installed to accommodate the fast-paced five-a-side game in the future.

Various upgrades are being implemented to enhance the overall infrastructure of the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium, which has witnessed numerous domestic and international matches over the years.

The players' dressing rooms, operational area, rooms for match officials, and floodlights are all being revamped to meet the International Hockey Federation (FIH) standards.

Expressing his joy at the return of international hockey to Chennai after a gap of nearly 16 years, Dilip Tirkey, President of Hockey India, reminisced about the memorable victory of the Indian team in the Asia Cup 2007, held at the same stadium.

He acknowledged the support and enthusiasm of the Tamil Nadu Government in hosting the prestigious event and highlighted the efforts of Hockey India to revitalise hockey infrastructure by organizing domestic and international tournaments in various states.

Bhola Nath Singh, Secretary General of Hockey India, echoed the President's sentiments, stating that the excitement for the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023 is growing as the event draws closer.

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He emphasised the collective efforts of Hockey India and the Tamil Nadu government to ensure the smooth conduct of the tournament, which not only promotes the development of international standard infrastructure but also provides an opportunity for people to enjoy the sport.

Sekar J Manoharan, Treasurer of Hockey India and head of the State Member Unit in Tamil Nadu, praised the government's support and emphasised the importance of upgrading the facilities at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium to host a major international tournament successfully.

He expressed his delight at the outcome of the stadium's renovation and conveyed the anticipation of the Tamil Nadu government and Hockey India to welcome the participating teams and hockey fans for a memorable event.

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