A new hockey stadium for Rawalpindi Pakistan – Hockey News
It looks like the city of Rawalpindi, Pakistan will be getting a new hockey stadium that conforms to international standards soon.
The move is to increase the awareness and fan-base for field hockey in the area. Also, the stadium will provide a professional training area for potential players. The stadium will be built according to international standards which will allow the players
to practice on conditions similar to what they will face in international tournaments.
The Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh commented, “This stadium is a gift to Rawalpindi and I believe this stadium would revive hockey plus bring in young players.”
He further went on to explain the details and said, “The work of the ground is more than sixty percent complete. The changing rooms in the ground are built and just the boundary wall is under construction which will be complete before March when it is expected
to host its first-ever national hockey tournament”
Pakistan’s recent victory at the Asian Games in hockey has created a tremendous amount of interest amongst the youth and this new stadium will provide the ideal facilities for promoting the sport in the area.
The stadium will have astro-turf so that the facilities can be used for many different types of indoor games that need a venue for practice and match playing.
The hope for Pakistan is that once the stadium is complete, they will have the capacity to be able to host top class international matches. These new facilities will be developed to provide a decent venue for teams from all over the domestic and regional
levels to practice and also hold tournaments.
The PHF is looking to put together a dynamic team with both a mix of young and old players. By adding these new facilities and a brand new stadium will allow for the players to get some much needed practice and training in before the ever important 2012
London Olympics. It will be exciting to see how long the stadium will take as the fans of hockey are looking forward to some good matches.