G. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium

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GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium
జి. ఎం. సి. బాలయోగి అథ్లెటిక్ స్టేడియం
Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
Former names Bhagya Reddy Varma Stadium[citation needed]
Location Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Owner Sports Authority of Telangana state
Operator Sports Authority of Telangana state
Capacity 30,000[1]
Surface Grassɑr
Opened 2003
Tenants
2003 Afro-Asian Games
2007 Military World Games

See also: Gachibowli Athletic Stadium

The GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium (Telugu: జి. ఎం. సి. బాలయోగి అథ్లెటిక్ స్టేడియం) is a sports stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It has a capacity of 32,000 spectators.[2]

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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. The stadium was named in the memory of G. M. C. Balayogi, an incumbent Speaker of Lok Sabha who died in an air crash but during the agitations in Telangana it was renamed the Bhagya Reddy Varma Stadium in his honor of Bhagya Reddy Varma[citation needed].

The 2003 Afro-Asian Games were also held in this stadium. In which more than 30,000 people came to watch the opening ceremony.The opening ceremony was about 2 hours and forty minutes with 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.[3]

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