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Fan Village a big draw at 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup

ANI | Updated: Nov 30, 2018 13:56 IST

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Nov 30 (ANI): Hockey fans attending the biggest sporting extravaganza in the country, 2018 Men's World Cup, are being treated to games and fun activities installed in the Fan Village spanning about 18,000 sq meters inside the Kalinga Stadium.
The activities range from anti-gravity photo booth which lets people click gravity-defying photos in a hockey stadium ambiance while those who wish to take a 360-degree photo can do so at the '360-degree photo booth.' The massive fan village spread across two grounds between Gate number 3 and Gate number 4 of the Kalinga Stadium featuring several eatery stalls including those of local specialties like the Odisha Millet Missions.
There is also live screening of the matches on a giant screen, accompanied by an Emcee who keeps the mood upbeat and also engages the fans in quizzes related to the sport at half-time. Trampoline for kids, cycles installed to create a video-game feel of a race are also some of the highlights. The organisers have also created a three-a-side hockey turf for those who feel inspired by their favourite stars playing the prestigious event and wish to emulate the action on a mini-turf.
There is also an India Post stamp stall where you can buy the newly-launched stamp for the ongoing prestigious tournament apart from old stamps for collection. You can also get a personalised postage stamp which can be used as a valid postage for domestic mail purpose.
Jugglers, Magicians among other artists are present to ensure there is a lot more to do other than watch top-level International matches. Shopaholics can also buy Odisha Handlooms and sportswear too.
"The Fan Village was curated keeping in mind all age-groups of hockey lovers coming to watch the matches. It is the first time something like this is happening in India and the response has been quite overwhelming," stated Hockey India CEO Elena Norman.
Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Sports and Youth Services Department of Odisha government Vishal Dev said, "We hope the Fan Village will give spectators a different experience of the tournament. The idea was to engage fans and not just have them come to watch top-level international matches but we also wanted them to get a sports carnival feel." (ANI)