Paljor Stadium

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Paljor Stadium
Paljor Stadium, Gangtok.jpg
Location Gangtok, Sikkim
Owner State of Sikkim
Capacity 30,000[1]
Field size 104 m × 65 m (114 yd × 71 yd)
Surface Artificial Turf
Construction
Broke ground 1939
Opened 1943
Expanded April 2001 - 22 September 2005
Tenants
United Sikkim Football Club (2011–)
Gangtok Himalayan S.C. (2015- )

Paljor Stadium, also known as Palzor Stadium is an association football stadium located in Gangtok, Sikkim, India. It is current home to United Sikkim Football Club. It is currently used mostly for association football matches. The stadium holds 30,000 people.

History[edit]

Origin[edit]

The Paljor Stadium is popularly known as Polo Ground. Chogyal named it around 1943 because Britishers and few members of aristocratic family of Sikkim played at the Polo Ground. While tracing the history of Paljor Stadium it is indeed very difficult to ascertain its origin. The old timers recall this flat piece of land being used by the Tibetan traders to station their herds of Sheep en route to the Sikkim and India. Around 1939 one of the Political Officers, Sir Basil Gould had sanctioned Rs.3000 (approx $75.2634)to the Forest Department and ordered that the grass demonstration farm be set up there. Kikuyu Grass from Africa and Venezuela grass were grown for the soil binding, The whole task was completed in April 1941. Later Paljor Stadium proved to be a major venue of all public meeting including those of Prime ministers and religious leaders. The ground as been hosting the Independence day and republic day celebrations and also all major atheistic events.

Renovation[edit]

It was on 24 July 1998 that a High Power state Committee constituted by the government took a decision to upgrade and renovate the existing Paljor Stadium. The project of redesigning and modernizing cost was around 30 Crores, out of which 15.36 Crores was from DONER contribution and remaining from the State coffer. The actual work started off in 2001. The modern look of the stadium was designed by M/S Architect Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata and its execution was assigned to Civil Engineers Enterprise Ltd. Kolkata. Initially the project was scheduled to be completed by March 2004, but owning the additional work the date was shifted to April 2005.

Upgradation of the Paljor Stadium[edit]

The work on the upgradation of Paljor Stadium was started in April 2001 and has been completed and the Stadium has been since handed over to the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs. The Stadium has an estimated sitting capacity of 25,000 spectators and the accumulated cost of construction stands at Rs. 30.70 crores. It has the following facilities:

  • International size turf football field.
  • Electronic scoreboard.
  • Hostel accommodation.
  • Media centre.
  • VIP lounge.
  • Room for Physiotherapy centre.
  • Room for multi-gym and fitness centre.
  • Players’ and officials’ change room.
  • Inbuilt public address system.
  • Fire protection system.
  • Indoor hall for basketball.

The ultra-modern Paljor Stadium was inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India on 22 September 2005 in gracious presence of H.E. the Governor of Sikkim and Dr. Pawan Chamling, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim.

Seats in Paljor Stadium

Coordinates: 27°20′03″N 88°36′43″E / 27.334131°N 88.611981°E / 27.334131; 88.611981

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paljor Stadium". soccerway. Retrieved 18 August 2017.