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Uttarakhand’s 1st international stadium to be inaugurated on Dec 16

Dehradun: Uttarakhand’s first state-of-the-art international cricket stadium, built at an estimated cost of Rs 237 crore and spread over an area of 23 acre, will be inaugurated on December 16.
The swanky stadium is located amidst picturesque surroundings in Raipur area of Dehradun and has a seating capacity for 25,000 people, along with flood lights facility for conducting matches during the night.
On the opening day, some of the country’s leading cricketing stars — Suresh Raina, Piyush Chawala and Praveen Kumar– will be seen in action during a friendly inaugural twenty-20 match between Uttar Pradesh Ranji team and the Uttarakhand team at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
A cultural event has also been planned on the occasion. Singer Abhijeet Sawant will enthral the audience with his songs.
State’s sports minister Dinesh Agarwal made this announcement at a press conference here on Tuesday.
The seats inside the stadium have been arranged in such a manner that it gives a look of ‘aipan’, a traditional Kumaoni art.
Significantly, the east stand of the stadium has been proposed to be named after MS Dhoni, who hails from Uttarakhand.
“There are 34 corporate boxes in the stadium along with dedicated lounge and restaurant area. A club house has also been built on the south pavilion side of the stadium which will have swimming pool,
bowling alley, billiards room, gymnasium, banquet hall and 100-seater auditorium,” said Agarwal.
According to sports department officials, the stadium’s roof has been made by mixing tensile fabric and poly-carbonate, a first in the country.
“To match international standards, the stadium has five main pitches and additional five practice pitches,” sports secretary Sailesh Bagoli said.
The sports minister also pointed out that the cricket stadium has been built by state’s own resources.
“We did not take even a single penny from either the Central government or corporate for financing the construction of the stadium,” claimed Agarwal.

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