Saturday, May 18, 2024

Hockey World Cup diary: Rourkela a marvel, Korean power, England and pickleball

The Hockey Paper continues to chart life on a World Cup tour across two cities

When England and India played at the Birsa Munda International Stadium to 21,800 – a number likely to be more given there were plenty standing – it felt like a venue being moved such was the cacophony. In reality, the new stadium which was built in 15 months had actually moved.

Due to seven feet of water underground, the main turf and stands was due to be erected where the current Pitch 2 stands before officials made the switch, coupled with the fact that the lights might also affect the nearby airport’s red zone.

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