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Balewadi Stadium on a matchday
|Full name||Shri Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex|
|Operator||Government of Maharashtra|
|Capacity||11,900 (can be limited to 9,110 for ISL matches because of tarps/flags over the seats)|
|Field size||100.0 M x 68.0 M|
|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)
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. The sports complex is also venue for Khelo India Youth Games, 2019.
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.
- American Football
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.
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.
The Athletics stadium has a seating capacity of roughly 11,000 people, and also has flood lights and an 8 lane track.
The athletics stadium also hosts the I-League matches for Pune F.C.. It has also hosted matches for the India national football team. 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. This stadium will also be the host for upcoming Indian Super League for FC Pune City bought by Bollywood actor Hritik Roshan.
International football matches
|8 October 2010||India||3 – 1||Vietnam||Pune|
|Chhetri 25', 48', 72'||Report||Thanh 62'||Stadium: Balewadi Sports Complex|
Referee: Dinesh Nair (India)
|23 February 2011||India u23||2 – 1||Myanmar u23||Pune|
|Mai Aih Naing||Stadium: Balewadi Sports Complex|
|23 June 2011||India u23||1 – 1||Qatar u23||Pune|
|Khalid Muftah o.g.||Mohammed Elneel||Stadium: Balewadi Sports Complex|
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.
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. 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.
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 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 Hall
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a non-sporting venue at the sports city with 400 rooms, ranging between three and five stars.
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:
- Central dope collection centre.
- Department of bio-mechanics.
- Department of nutrition and ergogenic aids.
- Department of physiotherapy.
- Department of Psychology.
- Department of sports rehabilitation.
- Human performance and evolution laboratory.
|FC Pune City||Football||Indian Super League|
|Puneri Paltan||Kabbadi||Pro Kabaddi League|
|Pune Marathas||American Football||Elite Football League of India|
- Major Tournaments
|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|
- Professional Leagues and Cups
|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|
International Sports University, Maharashtra
In 2020, Maharashtra passed a bill to establish a university named International Sports University, Maharashtra. For this, Pune's Balewadi-based Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex will be upgraded to upcoming sports university. University will start functioning in 2021-22.
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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.|
- "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.
- Srinivasan, Kamesh (9 January 2019). "Khelo India Youth Games off to a colourful start". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
- 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games (Badminton Venue) official site Archived 5 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- UBA: Bryan seals victory for Punjab Steelers over Chennai Slam Joe Williams (sportskeeda), 30 July 2016. Accessed 2 May 2017.
- 3rd Commonwealth Youth Games (Shooting Venue) official site Archived 4 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
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