Thodupuzha is all set to get a world-class cricket stadium soon. The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has begun construction of a stadium with state-of-art facilities in Thodupuzha. The stadium has been designed in such a way that two matches can be played at the same time. This would be the first such stadium in the country. The proposed State Academy of KCA would come up here. The stadium will be the second biggest after the proposed one of KCA in Kochi. It will come up in a 15-acre land 5km away from Thodupuzha town.
KCA is planning to complete the first phase of the construction at an estimated cost of Rs 25 crore within four years, said KCA president T C Mathew, who is the also the Bvice president. The stadium will be an eco-friendly one with elaborate facilities, he said. The pavilion would come up in between the two stadiums. The main building in the stadium will be three-storied. The outer perimeter of both the stadiums together would be more than 1km. A seven-meter wide walkway would be constructed here for the public. There will also be a facility for rain water harvesting.
An amphibian theatre and another theatre with a seating capacity of 200 in the sports complex is also being planned. Sportspersons can avail the gymnasium facilities in the complex for free. Other features of the stadium include basketball, volleyball courts, swimming pool, facilities for billiards and snooker games, more than two shuttle badminton courts, indoor training facilities for sportspersons and parking facility for over 400 vehicles. KCA will meet the entire expense of the work.
P J Joseph, who represents Thodupuzha in the assembly, said that road construction to the stadium will be completed by the time the stadium construction is over. The stadium is at a distance of 1 km from Thekkumbhagom Junction.