Glittering new Mumbai stadium unveiled for WSH

INR 100 Million invested to transform venue into world class facility

Mumbai, the city which has produced many a hockey great, will now have a refurbished arena in which future hockey stars will be born. The Mumbai stadium will now be fully equipped to host an International tournament.

MHA Stadium

MHA Stadium

In preparation for the first edition of the path breaking World Series Hockey event, the Mumbai Hockey Association has completed the up gradation process for the stadium which will play host to the Mumbai franchise in the biggest hockey tournament in the world.

The renovation included the laying of a new top-of-the-line turf that is also being used for the 2012 London Olympics; installation of brand new floodlights capable of providing lighting at three different intensities i.e. 600, 800 and 1200 Lux for domestic, national and international matches respectively; a cutting edge electronic scoreboard along with the addition of a fresh manual scoreboard; the addition of a stand for video recording by coaches; a modern players dugout; a technical table for officials; and contemporary dressing rooms for the players among other facilities.

Gurbux Singh, Secretary of Mumbai Hockey Association, said, “The support provided by WSH was the motivation in getting the MHA stadium ready in time. It will be a privilege to host a tournament as big as WSH and we are keenly looking forward to the home matches that the Mumbai team will play here.” Continue reading →

MHA Stadium Gets Facelift to Become World Class, Thanks to MCA and WSH

Finally Mumbai Hockey Association (MHA) stadium, at the Churchgate, next Wankhede Cricket Stadium, ready to be world class with new playing surface, flood lights, stands and other facilities. The work of laying down of new astroturf surface is nearing completion and within few weeks it will be available for competitive hockey.

Mumbai Hockey Association New Turf

Mumbai Hockey Association New Turf Being Laid (Photo: Shaibaz Patel)

It was the franchise-based World Series Hockey, which paved the way for new surface. The inaugural session  of WSH (Feb 29-April 1) will be the first tournament to be played on the  brand new surface. “All this has come about only because of the WSH.  Mumbai (one of the eight WSH franchises) will be hosting seven matches here. Keeping in mind the urgency of the tournament we had to push to get the turf ready in time,” said MHA secretary, Gurbux Singh. Continue reading →

Hockey is going to be Blue at London 2012

Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park (London 2012) will have different looks than usual green colored astro turf. For the first time, the Olympic Hockey competitions will be held on blue pitches. Main pitch will stage all of the 76 matches (24 teams) which will be played  from 29 July to 11 August. For tickets please visit www.tickets.london2012.com.


Jonty Clarke and Alex Danson on Blue Pitch and their preparation for London 2012 (London Evening Standard)

An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions

An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions (Image by Populous)

The pink colored outline and blue pitch will blend well with theme of the games. According to GB hockey international player Alex Danson who was involved in color test, it provides a really strong contrast for players against the white ball and white lines and he quickly adapted to the change. This will also be the first Olympic Games since the introduction of the ‘Self Pass‘ rule by FIH to make game even quicker.

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Blue is the colour for Hockey at London 2012: Press Release

London 2012 Press Release 28 Mar 2011

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced that the pitches to be used at the Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park will be blue. Over 600,000 spectators will be cheering on as the world’s top Hockey players battle it out on blue pitches for the first time ever at an Olympic Games.

For an image of the Hockey Centre and other images please click here Continue reading →