Trivandrum: The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) and Karyavattom Sports Facilities Ltd. (KSFL) have signed an agreement to conduct Cricket tournaments at the Karyavattom Greenfield stadium in Thiruvananthapruam which was built for the 35th National Games.
T N Ananthanarayanan, Secretary, KCA and K Sasidhar, CEO, KSFL signed the agreement in the presence of T C Mathew, Vice President BCCI & also President, KCA and Anil Kumar Pandala, Director, KSFL director at a function held earlier this week in the capital city.
As per the agreement which is valid till November 18, 2027; KSFL will construct the pitch at the floodlit stadium with technical support from the Kerala Cricket Association. This will open the gates for the conduct of international, national, first class and IPL cricket matches at the State capital.
Equipped with state of the art facilities, the sports hub can accommodate 50,000 spectators. Besides having a spacious media rooms, players dressing rooms, VIP enclosures, indoor courts, swimming pools, squash courts, outdoor cricket nets, facilities for outdoor games, the hub has convention – conference centres, catering facilities, spacious parking lots, hotels and several other amenities.
As per agreement KCA will be using the stadium for 180 days in a year, from October to January and April May. KCA have been given the provision to use it on other days if available. There will be a joint committee consisting of six members, three each from KCA & KSFL, to manage and monitor the activities during the period. KCA nominees will be the President and Secretary of this committee. The maintenance of the play area rests with the Kerala Cricket Association
Green field stadium was built by KSFL as per the agreement between the National Games Secretariat (NGS) and Kerala University in 2012.The 35th National Games were held here in 2015 from January 31 till February 14. As per that agreement, KSFL can run the stadium for 13 years. The inaugural and valedictory functions of the national games were held at Greenfield stadium, which is now known as sports hub.
Vinod S Kumar, TDCA Secretary & also Chief Coordinator, NGS and Anil Kumar, Chief Engineer, KSEB were among those present on the occasion.
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