Sports Hub wins coveted award

Staff Reporter THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 04 June 2016 00:00 IST
Updated: 16 September 2016 10:31 IST

: Sports Hub, the stadium complex in Karyavattom, has been adjudged the winner of the prestigious David Vickers Award under the category of New Venue of the Year.

For the first time, a venue in India has been selected for the recognition at the Stadium Business Awards 2016 that was held at the famed Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain on June 1. The stadium beat other contenders, including Parc Olympique Lyonnais, France; Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Mexico; Kyle Field at Texas A&M University, USA; Matmut Atlantique, France; Suita City Football Stadium, Japan; Vodafone Arena, Turkey; and T-Mobile Arena, USA; for the coveted award.

The judging panel commented, “A very strongly-contested category with international entries but this world-class sports facility is the first privately-funded stadium on the Indian subcontinent and a development model for more to come.” According tosources, the Sports Hub as been designed as a multi-use facility capable of hosting international sporting events of cricket and football. It has been developed by Karyavattom Sports Facilities Ltd. (KSFL), an spv set up by IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd.