Delhi boasts of a majestic infrastructure for a variety of sports, most of which were set up during the Asian Games held in the capital way back in 1982. The same received a facelift and certain additions were made during the recently hosted Commonwealth Games in October 2010. The Talkatora Stadium complex is home to two indoor stadiums: one for boxing and the other for swimming (Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool). Both were used as competition venues during Commonwealth Games.
Patel Chowk (on Yellow Line) and Rama Krishna Ashram Marg (on Blue Line) metro stations are almost equidistant from the complex, from where one can easily walk down. The entrance to the complex is through beautifully landscaped lawns with well manicured hedges, shady trees, working lights, and clearly defined pathways for the spectators to walk on. The two stadia are on distinct sites, and a signage is clearly set up.
The boxing arena is a circular building with a dome shaped roof. Multiple spectator entries have been created from all sides for convenient crowd management. Dedicated entries for media personnel and VIPs have been included. Accommodation facilities for players, trainers and staff have been created in a state of the art building close by in the same complex. An underground tunnel has been created from the Facility Block to the venues for safe movement of players.
The swimming pool has facilities of world class standard. A warm up pool, diving boards at different heights, lockers for athletes, gymnasiums for light exercises and many such facilities are integrated with the vast main pool, which is suitable for diving as well as swimming. Many competitions are held here periodically. The pool is opened to public for swimming in the spring and summer months (of course, when no event is being hosted) against a membership fee. Training for enthusiastic swimmers, including children are also imparted. Lifeguards are on duty to ensure your safety.
The architecture of both the venues is very modern. Materials and fixtures have been selected to optimize the energy consumption of the buildings and to make them “green”. The acoustics is also excellent – so when the crowd cheers for their favourite contestant, not a drop spills out or disturbs the surrounding, such is the excellence of the soundproofing. The entire complex is designed barrier free, and a disabled person can access all spectator facilities comfortably on a wheelchair.
Services for such modern facilities have been intelligently tucked in the basement of the boxing stadium. Both the stadia are air conditioned, and also well lit. Big screens for projection of camera recordings, a must nowadays, have also been included.
The complex is situated very close to Connaught Place and India Gate, two of the most popular places for people to relax in. So come, enjoy a day viewing a sports event and spend the evening walking in the heart of the national capital amidst colonial architecture, whilst enjoying an occasional icecream, window shopping and doing whatever your heart pleases.