Sambalpur: With the addition of a new gallery with sitting capacity of 4,000, Veer Surendra Sai Stadium will soon be able to accommodate 21,000 spectators.
In February, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced Rs 3 crore for development of the stadium, which had been hosting Ranji Trophy and Deodhar Trophy matches.
According official sources, funds for construction of the gallery has already been sanctioned and the design prepared. The Public Works Department (PWD) will execute the work.
The stadium will soon have the facility to host day-night matches too, the sources added.
Besides the gallery, a 100-bed dormitory will also be constructed at the stadium, secretary of Sambalpur District Athletic Association, Dulal Chandra Pradhan told PTI.
Work on the new gallery and dormitory is expected to begin by next month, he said.
Press room and pavilion will also be renovated and the entire work will be completed in around six months, he added.