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, Andhra Pradesh, India
Owner Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh
Surface Grass

G. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium (Telugu: జి. ఎం. సి. బాలయోగి అథ్లెటిక్ స్టేడియం) is a sports stadium in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, 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.