Indira Gandhi Arena

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This article is about Indoor stadium in New Dehli. For other similarly named stadiums, see Indira Gandhi Stadium.
Indira Gandhi Arena
IGI Stadium
Full name Indira Gandhi Arena
Former names Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium
Location Indraprastha Estate, New Dehli
Owner Government of Delhi
Operator Government of Delhi
Capacity 14,348
Construction
Broke ground 1982
Opened 1982
Renovated 2010
Construction cost [unreliable source?] 240 crore
Tenants
Indian Aces (2014-)
Website
Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium

The Indira Gandhi Arena or Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, is located at the Indraprastha Estate in the eastern region of New Delhi, It is the largest indoor sports arena in India and the third-largest in Asia.

History[edit]

Built by the Government of India in 1982 in order to host the indoor games events in the 1982 Asian Games, the arena's grounds cover an area of 102 acres (0.41 km2). Since its construction, the arena hosted a number of other tournaments as well. The facility seats 14,348[1] people and is named after former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi.[2] The venue hosts several political events, music events and sports events like tennis and kabaddi.

Since its inception, the arena has been repeatedly renovated and modernized. Equipped with soundproof synthetics walls, lighting systems, and audio system, the arena underwent another renovation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[2]

It was renovated for the 2010 Commonwealth Games at a cost of Rs. 240 crore. [1]

A new air-conditioned Velodrome has been built costing Rs 150 crore (U$33.76 million).[2]

The stadium hosted matches of first ever International Premier Tennis League tournament played on 6 December 2014 to 8 December 2014. Tennis club Indian Aces are tenants. The venue is hosting an official WWE live event which will be the first WWE live event to take place in India after 13 years. The event is to be held on 15 & 16 January 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://d2010.thecgf.com/indira_gandhi_sports_complex
  2. ^ a b "Indira Gandhi Arena". Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°37′52″N 77°14′58″E / 28.63111°N 77.24944°E / 28.63111; 77.24944