Indira Gandhi Arena

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Indira Gandhi Arena
IGI Stadium
Full nameIndira Gandhi Arena
Former namesIndira Gandhi Indoor Stadium
LocationIndraprastha Estate, New Delhi
OwnerGovernment of India
OperatorSports Authority of India
Capacity14,348
Construction
Opened1 January 1982
Renovated2010
Construction cost[unreliable source?] 240 crore
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.

Other facilities[edit]

There are 2 other venues located in the same complex with the arena:

Indira Gandhi Indoor Cycling Velodrome is a 3,800 seater velodrome that hosted track cycling events of 2010 Commonwealth Games.[3]

K.D. Jadhav Indoor Stadium is a 6,000 seater indoor stadium that hosted wrestling events of 2010 Commonwealth Games.[3] After three months without official name, it was finally named after Indian wrestler K. D. Jadhav who won a bronze medal at 1952 Summer Olympics.[4]

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.
  3. ^ a b "Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex". Sport Authority of India. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. ^ "CWG wrestling venue re-christened as K. D. Jhadav Stadium". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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