National stadium or Major Dhayanchand National Stadium is situated adjacent to India Gate is a dedicated stadium to the sport of field hockey and the name of the stadium draws attention to the greatest Hockey player the country has ever produced.

The stadium is one of the oldest and certainly one of the popular stadiums of the country which was developed in the year 1933 as a multipurpose stadium and was designed by the then famous Architect Anthony Demillo and was originally named Irwin Amphitheatre. One of the major events hosted by the stadium was the Asian Games of the year 1951 and was renamed as National Stadium in that year. The event turned out to be a grand success and certainly there was great praise for the stadium. The stadium eventually in the year 2002 was renamed as Major Dhayanchand National Stadium.

The stadium has the capacity of holding an audience of 25,000 and is certainly one of the largest and oldest stadiums in the city. It spreads over an area of 35 acres and has three synthetic Pitches out of which two conform to the international standards and one of them is for practice. The pitches have changing rooms and VIP relaxation lounges.

More recently the stadium has hosted major sporting activities including the 2010 Men’s Hockey World Cup and the Commonwealth Games Hockey event to a major success. The stadium has also been famous inn various movies, Chak De India, a hockey based movie was shot in the National Stadium.

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