New Delhi: The Sports Authority of India may have told its national campers to stay away from the World Series of Hockey but the SAI-owned Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium will host the opening ceremony and the inaugural match of the controversial event starting December 17.
Apart from Delhi, the orgainsers of the event have identified nine venues - Mumbai, Pune, Jalandhar, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore among others - to be shared by the eight participating teams.
"There will be only one game on the first day. The opening match will be played in Delhi's National Stadium. Before the game, there will be a gala opening ceremony where some big names of Bollywood and music industry will perform," Tournament Director Dennis Meredith said during a conference Friday night.