Bhubaneswar, Nov 27: After five years of intense planning, preparation and a stunning rebuild of the now 15,000 capacity Kalinga Hockey Stadium, the city is ready to host to the world’s finest men’s international hockey teams.
With the on-field action at the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 beginning on Wednesday, the level of excitement ahead of the start of this global sporting showpiece cannot be underestimated.
Images of hockey’s superstars adorn billboards and buildings across a city that has wholeheartedly embraced the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host a sporting spectacle with a glorious heritage.
History will be made here in Bhubaneswar, and thousands of fans will be there to witness all of the action at a truly world class hockey arena.
On Monday, the captains of all 16 competing teams joined Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at impressive Mukteshwar Temple for a special commemorative photo alongside the prize that they are all here to fight for: the World Cup trophy itself. (UNI)