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Spots to watch hockey live

20 LED screens to facilitate match view

SAME EXPERIENCE ON SCREEN: A football match between Bengaluru FC and East Bengal on at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: Hockey lovers, who might not find a place at Kalinga Stadium during the men's hockey world cup from November 28 to December 16, need not be upset as the civic body would install 20 LED screens in various public places for live broadcast of the matches.

The finalised locations for installation of the screens include Patia, Saheed Nagar, Chandrasekharpur, Jayadev Vihar, outside Kalinga Stadium, Khandagiri, Jagamara, Pokhariput, Old Town and Nayapalli among others. The hockey enthusiasts can visit those places and watch the tournament for free.

"We have identified 20 sites, where public gathering is paramount. People can go there and watch the matches for free. Though there will be no sitting arrangements, the sites will be properly barricaded to accommodate a certain number of spectators. We will begin installing the screens from July," said mayor Ananta Narayan Jena.

More so, the earmarked zones will be converted into a virtual fan-park for the spectators.

"The concept of fan-park applicable for ongoing Indian Premier League will be adopted for the 20 identified sites. We are planning to organise various activities at the sites for pulling the crowd. The list has been submitted to the sports department, which will be scrutinised shortly," said a civic body official.

In January, the core committee of the government, entrusted to draft plans for successful hosting of the hockey tournament, had come up with the idea of installing the LED screens for live broadcast of the matches. Following this, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation began identifying the sites.

"The seating capacity of Kalinga Stadium is being increased for the upcoming world cup, but more number of people may congregate here to watch the event. This LED screen initiative is exclusively for them. We did it during the Asian Athletes when two screens had been installed," he said.

Nayapalli resident Akash Mitra said: "I didn't get a ticket to watch the concluding ceremony of Asian Athletics in last July. I watched it on the screen installed outside the stadium. The same situation will be there during the hockey world cup and it is a good move to install more screens."

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