Sports Stadiums in Uttar Pradesh
Playing sports is an integral part of the personality development of a person. In India, government has taken many steps to encourage the sports culture. Be it the Commonwealth Games or the various Cricket Championships, Government of India has left no stone unturned to make the Indian atmosphere “sporty”.
Uttar Pradesh being the most populated state of India has received special attention when it comes to sports. Many measures have been taken to encourage both indoor and outdoor games. This encouragement has borne sweet fruits with UP producing many players who have represented India on the international level.
Government has worked hard to improve the conditions of the existing stadiums and put up the required procedures to construct some new ones.
Let us look at some famous stadiums in UP.
Greater Noida Cricket Stadium
Still under-construction, Greater Noida Cricket Stadium is being built along the motor racing circuit called, Buddh International Circuit. The stadium is expected to have 40,000 seating capacity initially which will be increased to 100,000 eventually. It is envisaged that the cricket stadium will be given a face like the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The stadium is being built in accordance with the norms laid down by the International Cricket Council. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2014 and thus host some of the IPL matches the June 2015.Address
: Greater Noida Cricket Stadium, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh
Green Park Stadium Kanpur
Located in Kanpur, the Green Park Stadium, this is the home of the indigenous cricket team of the state. Being the only stadium in UP to hold both One Day and Test Cricket International Cricket tournaments, it is kept in good conditions. The stadium is under the Sports Authority of Uttar Pradesh which takes special care of its maintenance.
The stadium has many ‘onlys’ associated with it
- Only stadium in India to have a Student’s Gallery.
- Only stadium in the world to have the largest manually operated scoreboard.
Green Park Stadium Kanpur, Permat, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Faizabad Sports Complex
Also known as Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Stadium, Faizabad Sports Complex, is a sports complex that meets all the international standards. Built along NH96, it is a part of multi-crore project of sports complex in Faizabad.
It caters to many sports like football, volleyball, athletics, hockey, badminton, cricket, basketball, table tennis, handball, wrestling and taekwondo. It also hosts an Olympic swimming pool.Address:
Faizabad Sports Complex, National Highway 96, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh 224001
Buddh International Circuit Greater Noida
Forty kilometers off Delhi, Buddh International Circuit is a motor racing circuit. It hosted the Formula One Indian Grand Prix in 2011 and is best known for the same. The circuit is 5.14 km long and is the master-piece of world renowned German architect Hermann Tilke. The seating capacity as of now is 110,000.
The circuit was praised by many racers who pointed out the challenging corner combinations which were difficult to pass through with high speed.Address
: Buddh International Circuit, Jaypee Sports City, Sector-25, Y, EIDA, Along Yamuna Expressway, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh 203201
K.D Singh Babu Stadium Lucknow
Named after K.D. Singh, the famous hockey player, the stadium was earlier known as the Central Sports Stadium. The stadium was constructed in 1957 and is located in the heart of the city. It hosts domestic competitions quite regularly and is a home to the indigenous team of the state. The facilities offered by the stadium include a swimming pool complex, a tennis court and an indoor games complex.Address:
K.D Singh Babu Stadium, Qaiserbagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium Lucknow
As evident from the name, this stadium is named after the magnanimous Indian hockey player Dhyan Chand. It is currently serving as a home to Indian Hockey League.Address:
Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh