Sports Stadiums in Patna
Patna’s only cricket stadium also has a swimming pool and cricket academy. It has a “turf” pitch, which follows international norms. The department is also carrying out renovation of the Moin-ul-Haq stadium, with a capacity of 84000 people. Kankarbagh Athletic Stadium in the city is also under progress. This will have outdoor as well as indoor stadium.This will have accommodation for coaches, sports hostel for 200 students and also swimming facilities.
The city of Patna has many playing grounds and stadiums where different sports are played, be it for Cricket, Football, Golf, Kabaddi, Shooting, and Table-tennis. Some of the sports stadiums and clubs are:
Moin-ul Haq Stadium
This has a seating capacity of 25,000 spectators. Moin-Ul-Haq stadium has hosted two One Day International (ODI) matches that include one from the 1996 Cricket World Cup.
Moin-ul Haq Stadium was built in 1969-70. The stadium has a Turf pitch which is of international standard. It has a swimming pool and a cricket academy and is well equipped with modern amenities. There is a well maintained dressing room for the players next to the cricket ground. The ground also has a Pavilion or Club House for the players and other eminent personalities to enjoy the match with comfort.
However, due to the bone of contention between the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Bihar Cricket Association in holding international matches, BCCI has dissociated itself from its maintenance.
The stadium is named after the versatile Moin-ul Haq. He was the pioneer of Olympic movement in India, one of the main organisers of the inaugural Asian Games held in New Delhi in 1951, General Secretary of Indian Olympic Association, professor of English and Principal at the Bihar National College, one of the founding members of Bihar Cricket Association at Jamshedpur, then part of Bihar.
He was famously called Moin Saab and Moin dada. He was like the guardian of sports culture in Patna. One of his major contributions to the sports fraternity is the genesis of sports quota in educational institutions in Bihar.
The most disturbing and shocking part is that the IOA does not have any archival documents about him at their disposal. With time, the legacy of multi-talented Moin Saab and the stadium faded.
Patliputra Sports Complex
The Pataliputra Sports Complex is also known as Kankarbagh Sports Complex. This sports stadium is owned by the Bihar States Sports Authority and Directorate of Youth Welfare and Sports of Bihar. This multi purpose sports stadium has outdoor and indoor stadium, a 400-metre athletic track, a swimming pool and residence facility for 200 sports persons. The Outdoor stadium has a capacity of 40,000 spectators and 3,500 for indoor stadium. This stadium was earlier called as Rainbow Field.
The Women’s World Cup Kabaddi Tournament 2012 was organised at this complex. The ceremony was inaugurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. 16 teams from across the globe participated in this women’s international Kabaddi event.
Patna Golf Club
Patna Golf Club was established in 1916. It is an 18 holes layout spread over 165 acres. This club is the only place in the city for the golf lovers. This land was initially leased to the South Bihar Gymkhana Club. It was with the initiative of C S Bayley that the club was formed. Many national level tournaments were hosted here. Although the number of the admirer of this sport is limited, the members of the golf community took concerted effort in promoting the sport. One can have access to the golf course by paying the minimal fee. The club has started a training academy to encourage the youth to take up the sport and hone their skills. It has a highly specialised coaching faculty who on the nitty-gritties of the students. Various championships were organised here. Some of them are Captain’s Day, Basant Utsav, Patna Open, Heat and Dust Golf tournament, etc.
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