Hockey is referred to as our national game of India. There are different type of hockey games like Field hockey, ice hockey, inline hockey, Roller hockey, Sledge hockey, Street hockey and all these types of games requires a set of members in a group as two different teams to play the game. More over all these games has different set of rules towards playing game. Several histories from different cultures say that hockey was a game which was played in past centuries and the game was played with a curved stick at one end and a small hard ball. Later as year passed away the game got its rework and today being widely accepted and played in different parts of the country worldwide. According to the history it says that the game has become popular and widely accepted in India when the British army troop played the game in India. The first hockey club was formed in the year 1885-1886 at Calcutta and later spread its wings to Bombay and Punjab. Hockey is one of the popular games played among males and females in many parts of the world and the game even has several regular tournaments like Olympic Games, Quadrennial hockey world cup, Annual championship trophies for both men and women. Hockey is being globally governed by International Hockey Federation (FIH) which involves them self in organizing events like hockey world cup and women's hockey world cup with predefined set of rules governed by the committee.
About Mayor Radha Krishnan Stadium
Chennai has its pride towards its location of Mayor Radha Krishnan stadium for field hockey with its location at Egmore in Chennai. Several championship trophies for both men and women along with several lists of tournaments are being organized and conducted by different club and societies round the year. Mayor Radha Krishnan Stadium is field hockey stadium and field hockey is a game that is being played on gravel, natural grass, sand based and water based artificial turf using a small hard ball. It is noted that several trophies like Men's Championship Trophies, Asian Hockey Championship Tournament even with several Division matches was played at this stadium. During the year 1996 Mayor Radha Krishnan stadium was the venue for many championship trophy and due to its world class facilities and infra structure it again got back with a tournament in 2005. More over Mayor Radha Krishnan stadium also has another pride in its milestone indicating that it was a venue for Asian Hockey Championship match during the year 2007. In additional several division matches are also conducted by different society and association.
Hockey is being accepted as the national game of India and due to its popularity several importance have been given to the game and because of it several Indian Hockey Stadium are being well maintained with world class facilities and infra structure. More over Hockey play ground is rectangular in shape with 100 yards long and 60 yards wide. Among several available stadium in India Mayor Radha Krishnan is regarded as the best stadium for it's infra structure by International Hockey Federation.
Facilities at Mayor Radha Krishnan Stadium
Mayor Radha Krishnan stadium has a seating capacity of 4000 members and the stadium is being owned by sports development authority of Tamil Nadu. The stadium consists of various amenities like rooms for players, physiotherapy, medical and officials, conference rooms, VIP lounge and ample parking facility. Two important necessary factors for hockey stadium are ground surface and lighting. The sports development authority of Tamil Nadu by taking this consideration decided to make this stadium as a stadium with world class facilities and infra structure. In 2004 the management redesigned and started its up gradation and renovation work and the stadium was laid with the synthetic turf and after the renovation work the stadium was equipped with a synthetic hockey surface and flood lights of international standards. The lighting for the stadium was given much importance and the stadium owns a high class flood lighting schemes by considering the climatic factor the stadium was provided with a leading reflective light system and an internal baffle was to reduce the glare of the player. The stadium has its own pride for hosting the championship trophy with top 6 teams in the year 1996-2005.
Lists of tournament held at Mayor Radha Krishnan Stadium
1996 – Men's Championship Trophy
2005 -Men's Championship Trophy
2012 – World Series Hockey (Upcoming Event)
Address of Mayor Radha Krishnan Stadium
Mayor Radha Krishnan Stadium,
38, Gandhi Irwin road,
Egmore, Chennai-600 008
Telephone: 044-2819 4104
Land mark: Near Egmore railway station
How to reach Mayor Radha Krishnan Stadium
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