G. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium

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G. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium
జి. ఎం. సి. బాలయోగి అథ్లెటిక్ స్టేడియం
Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
Location Hyderabad, Telangana , India
Owner Sports Authority of Telangana
Surface Grass
Broke ground 1940
Built 1945
Opened 1949

G. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium (Telugu: జి. ఎం. సి. బాలయోగి అథ్లెటిక్ స్టేడియం) is a sports stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It has a capacity of 30,000 spectators.[1]

The Stadium[edit]

It is an ultra modern stadium with 8 line competition synthetic athletic track and 4-lane synthetic practice track. It uses the latest high-mast lighting for day-night events and provides obstruction-free viewing for all spectators and is a very picturesque stadium amidst breath-taking landscape. The stadium was named in the memory of G. M. C. Balayogi, an incumbent Speaker of Lok Sabha who died in an air crash.

The 2003 Afro-Asian Games were also held in this stadium.In which more than 30,000 people came to watch the amazing opening ceremony.The opening ceremony was about 2 hours and forty minutes with an amazing laser show son-et-lumiere. Coordinates: 17°26′46″N 78°20′39″E / 17.446241°N 78.344214°E / 17.446241; 78.344214

About 2,800 Kuchipudi artistes performed the centuries old dance on 26 December 2010, to earn a place in the Guinness World Records.[2]

During the agitations in Telangana, it has been renamed to Bhagya Reddy Varma Stadium.