Promising a future

Promising a future

Thyagaraj Sports Complex

The Thyagaraj Sports Complex has the unique distinction of being the only venue for the 2010 Commonwealth Games that has been built from scratch. It’s also the model stadium for the “green games" concept, for which the Commonwealth organizing committee signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Environment Programme. The “green" features include usage of fly ash bricks in construction, a rainwater harvesting system and double-glazed glass which lets in light while blocking heat. Electricity for the stadium will be generated by piped natural gas-fed turbines, while lighting will be done using a solar power plant, which can generate up to 1MW of power using solar panels fitted onto the broad roof of the stadium. The complex also features building-integrated photovoltaics. Except for the duration of the Games, all excess power generated by the complex will be fed to the grid.

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Built at a cost of R297.45 crore, the complex will be used as the competition venue for netball, which was included in the Commonwealth Games in 1998, and as a training venue for athletes. Not surprisingly, even the little-known sport of netball has had its share of controversy. The national team’s Sri Lankan coach Mary Mercia Lourdes Jayasekera quit in August alleging mistreatment by the Sports Authority of India.

Apart from the one show court and two practice courts for netball, the complex also features an eight-lane 400m track, three clay tennis courts, and two synthetic tennis courts. The stadium will have a seating capacity of 4,494 people. The Delhi government has decided to turn the complex into a sports school for promising athletes after the Games. Most other venues face an uncertain future on concerns that they will fall into disuse after the Games are over despite the crores spent on their renovation.

Text by Rudraneil Sengupta; Graphic by Uttam Sharma/Mint