The Kabaddi World Cup kicked off on 7th October at the Arena By TransStadia in Ahmedabad. The special thing about this venue is it is India’s first ever convertible stadium. It boasts of FIFA standard natural turf with a seating capacity of 20,000, including patented expertise that enables the conversion of a section of the stadium into a 4,000 pillar-less multi-purpose indoor venue. The project is worth Rs. 550 crore and has been built on a unique public private partnership (PPP) model. It uses a globally patented technology, which converts an outdoor stadium into an indoor arena within 6 minutes at a touch of a button. The facility houses as many as 14 sports, excluding cricket.
The idea was forged in as early as 2008 and after the 2010 Commonwealth Games, more steps were taken to make the dream a reality. The land for the project, given on a lease for 35 years at a nominal price, was allotted in 2013 following a state cabinet approval in 2011. As per the concession agreement signed with the Gujarat government’s tourism department, TransStadia will give minimum 2% of their revenue to the state authorities for the development of sports in Gujarat.
Well it is clearly a step in the right direction as India look to break out of being just a cricket nation.
This project will surely pave the way for future sports infrastructure projects in the country to be developed by private companies. It has taken ideas from sports complexes all over the world including UK’s Wembley Stadium, Tokyo Dome of Japan and Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands.