Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex

The Shri Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune is an Indian sports complex. The complex is situated at about 14–15 km from Pune downtown and 4–5 km from Hinjawadi, Pune. This complex was the venue for the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games.[2] The sports complex is also venue for Khelo India Youth Games, 2019.[3]

Shri Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex
Full nameShri Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex
LocationPune, India
OperatorGovernment of Maharashtra
Capacity11,900 (can be limited to 9,110 for ISL matches because of tarps/flags over the seats[1])
Field size100.0 M x 68.0 M
SurfaceGrass, concrete
Construction
Broke ground1992
Built1994
Opened1994
Renovated2007, 2008
Tenants
Air India (2011 – 2013)
Mumbai (2011 – 2013)
DSK Shivajians (present)
Pune (2009 – 2015)
Bharat FC (2014 – 2015)
FC Pune City (2014 – 2019)
Puneri Paltan (2014 – present)

HistoryEdit

This complex was built in 1994 for the National Games 1994, which were hosted by Pune. The 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games were hosted here. In 2008 the World Junior Table Tennis Circuit was successfully held here. The 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship was held here. It was won by Brazil. The city is also the host of FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship for Women 2009.

Other gamesEdit

American Football

Beginning in fall 2012, the Athletics Stadium will undergo a retrofitting and become the host stadium for the Elite Football League of India and the home arena for the Pune Marathas.[4]

Rollball

The 2011 Rollball World Cup was held in this games village. This was the first world cup of Roll Ball. Denmark was the winner of this tournament. Also the 3rd Roll Ball World Cup in 2015 was organized here.

Volleyball

The 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship was held on 31 July 2009 to 9 August 2009. Host India ended 4th in this tournament. This tournament was conducted in Badminton Hall and Boxing Arena. Brazil won this championship.

FacilitiesEdit

StadiaEdit

Main StadiumEdit

AthleticsEdit

The Athletics stadium has a seating capacity of roughly 11,000 people, and also has flood lights and an 8 lane track.

FootballEdit

 
India versus Vietnam football match in the Athletics Stadium

The athletics stadium also hosts the I-League matches for Pune F.C.. It has also hosted matches for the India national football team.[5] India played against Vietnam in a friendly match over here. India played their first match in the 2012 London Olympic Qualifiers (first round) against Myanmar. India won the game 2–1. India then drew 1-1 with Qatar in the 2012 London Olympic Qualifier (Second round) at the stadium. Then during the 2011 Indian Federation Cup the Balewadi Sports Complex co-hosted with the Salt Lake Stadium the Federation Cup group-stages. The Federation Cup is the second most important football competition in India.[6] This stadium will also be the host for upcoming Indian Super League for FC Pune City bought by Bollywood actor Hritik Roshan.

International football matchesEdit

8 October 2010 India  3 – 1  VietnamPune
Chhetri   25'48'72' Report Thanh   62' Stadium: Balewadi Sports Complex
Referee: Dinesh Nair (India)
23 February 2011 India u23  2 – 1  Myanmar u23Pune
Lalpekhlua
Malsawmfela
Mai Aih Naing Stadium: Balewadi Sports Complex
23 June 2011 India u23  1 – 1  Qatar u23Pune
Khalid Muftah o.g. Mohammed Elneel Stadium: Balewadi Sports Complex
31 August 2015 India  0 – 0  NepalPune
14:30 Report Stadium: Balewadi Sports Complex

Aquatics CentreEdit

 
Aquatic centre

This Aquatics centre contains two 50 x 25m swimming pools, with a seating capacity of 3500. There are also changing rooms available. Seating and lounges are for VIPs. For public usage the pool timings are 6:00 AM – 9:00AM and 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM from Monday to Saturday.

Badminton HallEdit

 
Badminton hall

The Badminton hall 6 competition courts and 4 warm-up courts, and has a seating capacity of 3800. This hall is air conditioned and has a wooden floor. It has changing rooms available and seating & lounges for VIPs.[7] This venue is the home ground of Pune Pistons, a franchise in Indian Badminton League (IBL). So far 3 IBL matches have been played on this venue.

BasketballEdit

The first edition of FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship for Women was played in this stadium from 30 November 2009 to 6 December 2009. The host, India, finished in fifth position.

It has been a host for the UBA Pro Basketball League, India's top professional basketball division.[8]

Boxing ArenaEdit

The Boxing arena has 3 rings, and 5 warm-up rings, with a seating capacity of 3500. This hall is air conditioned and has changing rooms for players. This arena is the host of 2011 World Series Boxing.

Shooting RangeEdit

The complex has 15 shooting ranges, with a seating capacity of 1500. The ranges are constructed according to ISSF rules. Ranges 50 m, 25 m and 10 m are available[9]

Ranges
Shooting Range Seating Capacity Firing points Notes
10m Shooting Range 425 80 A/C
25m Shooting Range 425 50 Non A/C
50m Shooting Range 700 80 Non A/C
Combined Trap and Skee Shooting Range 1 Non A/C
Combined Trap and Skee Shooting Range 2 Non A/C
Combined Trap and Skee Shooting Range 3 Non A/C

Table Tennis HallEdit

The hall, with a seating capacity of 1500 people, successfully held World Junior Table Tennis Circuit in September 2008. This has 4 competition tables and 4 warm up tables. This hall is air conditioned and has changing rooms for players. Seating and lounges are for VIPs.

Tennis CourtEdit

The Tennis courts feature one central court and four competition courts, with six warm-up courts. Centre court has a seating capacity of 4200. The stadium hosts the only South Asian ATP 250 series championship named Tata Open Maharashtra every year.

Weightlifting HallEdit

This hall has a capacity of 3000. It has hosted the 2009 commonwealth bench press championships. The most famous athlete to compete was Britain's strongest man Paddy the Pac man Jumelle. The hall is air conditioned and has one competition podium and 10 warm-up platforms. Seating and lounges are provided for VIPs. There is also a changing room for competitors.

Wrestling HallEdit

The Wrestling Hall, which is used by Kabaddi club Puneri Paltan, has four rings, and six warm-up rings with a seating capacity of 4,400 people. This has seating and lounges for VIPs. This also has changing room for players. This is an air conditioned hall.

VelodromeEdit

 
Velodrome

The 333.33 m or 1,093.6 ft velodrome is outdoor and the surface is made of concrete. While it was a prime venue for the 3rd Nationals Games in the year 1993-94 it has never been a place for any major events thereafter, and was left unused. In 2014 it was announced that with a Rs 10 crore maintenance grant from the governments for the entire complex, the facelift of the velodrome had top priority. At that time the velodrome was in dilapidated state.[10]

Games villageEdit

This is a non-sporting venue at the sports city with 400 rooms, ranging between three and five stars.

Other buildingsEdit

The other buildings are as follows:

Cultural Centre
Fitness Centre

This centre has equipment to develop physical and physiological attributes. This hall is air condition hall and has provision for Yoga and Meditation. This has provision for sauna and chill water bath for recovery.

Sports Science Centre

This centre has sauna and chill water bath. This has seven departments:

  1. Central dope collection centre.
  2. Department of bio-mechanics.
  3. Department of nutrition and ergogenic aids.
  4. Department of physiotherapy.
  5. Department of Psychology.
  6. Department of sports rehabilitation.
  7. Human performance and evolution laboratory.

TeamsEdit

Club Sport League
Pune F.C. Football I-League
Bharat FC Football I-League
FC Pune City Football Indian Super League
Puneri Paltan Kabbadi Pro Kabaddi League
Pune Marathas American Football Elite Football League of India

TournamentsEdit

Major Tournaments
Year Tournament
1 1994 National Games of India
2 2008 World Junior Table Tennis Circuit
3 2008 (Details) Commonwealth Youth Games
4 2009 (Details) Men's Junior Volleyball World Championship
5 2009 (Details) FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship for Women
6 2011 (Details) Rollball World Cup.
7 2011 World Series Boxing
8 2013 (Details) Asian Athletics Championships.
9 2014 (Details) Pro Kabaddi League
10 2014 (Details) Rollball
Professional Leagues and Cups
Sport Team League Seasons Matches Played
1 American Football Pune Marathas Elite Football League of India 2012–13 0
2 Badminton Pune Pistons Indian Badminton League 2013 3
4 Football Pune I-League 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14 89
3 Football FC Pune City Indian Super League 2014,2015 with semi-finals. 15
5 Football Group A and Group B Indian Federation Cup 2011 7
6 Kabaddi Puneri Paltan Pro Kabaddi League 2014, 2015 7

Other usesEdit

FilmsetEdit

Several scenes for the 2016 film Dangal were filmed at this sports complex in December 2015. The film is about two Indian daughters who won the gold and silver medal in wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.indiansuperleague.com/fc-pune-city/venue
  2. ^ "Balewadi, Mahalunge sports complex gears up for Youth Games". Indian Express. 4 September 2008. Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  3. ^ Srinivasan, Kamesh (9 January 2019). "Khelo India Youth Games off to a colourful start". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  4. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ycn-8919377
  5. ^ http://www.thehardtackle.com/2010/india-v-vietnam-preview-and-pre-match-press-conference/
  6. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-india/match/65447/hal-bangalore-vs-salgaocar-sc/report
  7. ^ 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games (Badminton Venue) official site Archived 5 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ UBA: Bryan seals victory for Punjab Steelers over Chennai Slam Joe Williams (sportskeeda), 30 July 2016. Accessed 2 May 2017.
  9. ^ 3rd Commonwealth Youth Games (Shooting Venue) official site Archived 4 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ [1]
Preceded by
Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium
Kobe
Asian Athletics Championships
Venue

2013
Succeeded by
TBA
Preceded by
doesn't exist
Rollball World Cup
2011
Succeeded by
Moi International Sports Complex
Kasarani

Coordinates: 18°34′29″N 73°45′40″E / 18.574745°N 73.760984°E / 18.574745; 73.760984