Sunday, April 8, 2012


Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune

Star-studded Opening Ceremony of the home ground of
Pune Warriors India - Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium

Telecast at 6.55 p.m on Sunday, April 8 on Sahara One, Firangi and Filmy

Pune, April 5, 2012: The much anticipated opening ceremony of the home ground of Pune Warriors India - Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune will see the coming together of India’s noted celebrities including Shahenshah of Bollywood, Shri Amitabh Bachchan and Bollywood divas of the likes of Dia Mirza, Sameera Reddy, Priyanka Chopra, Preity Zinta, Prachi Desai, Neha Dhupia, Bipasha Basu and Jacqueline Fernandes. The spectators shall also be captivated by a series of special performance that will have 8 forms of cultural dances that included Kashmiri, Bengali, Bhangra, U.P. dance, Rajasthani, Gujarati, South Indian and Lavani dance. The ceremony will be aired on Sunday, April 8 at 6.55 p.m on Sahara One, Filmy and Firangi.

The viewers will experience a remarkable treat of cultural performances with 120 dholak and trumpet players along with 100 lezim dancers showcasing their talent along with an act by 192 cultural dancers. The evening will then be fired up with spellbound performances by the Bollywood divas of the likes of Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra, Diya Mirza, Preity Zinta, Sameera Reddy, Jacqueline Fernandes, Prachi Desai, and Neha Dhupia who will sizzle on the dance floor with their scintillating moves representing various regions of India.

The ‘Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium’ of Maharashtra Cricket Association is an architectural jewel and has been designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, whereas the structural design has been done by AKT, U.K., setting up a stellar example of civil engineering. Keeping in mind the comfort of spectators, superior and even quality tip-up seats have been imported from Australia and have been installed in all areas of the stadium. The stadium and the seating arrangement have been designed in such a way that an unobstructed view is assured from each and every location making it the best match viewing experience.

M/s Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Limited have constructed the stadium with the modern precast design and construction expertise imported from Dubai. One of the most important features of the stadium is its rain water drainage system. It has been observed that many times rain plays a spoilsport and even light showers for some time force organizers to alter the match size / duration. To overcome this problem, MCA has opted for sand based outfield developed departmentally with technical assistance from STRI Limited, U.K. This technology facilitates faster drainage of rain water and in order to achieve this, a geo-textile fabric has been installed above the ground and perforated PVC pipes have been laid down to slope in trenches. The system has been successfully tested. Even during the heavy showers, water on the outfield drained out fast making it ready for play again just in some minutes.

About Pune Warriors India
Formed in 2010, Pune Warriors India is the Pune Franchise of the India Premier League (IPL). The franchise is owned by Sahara Adventure Sports Limited, a group company of Sahara India Pariwar, one of India's premiere business conglomerates and prime promoter and patron of sports in India. On 21st March 2010, Sahara Adventure Sports Limited had made the winning bid of $370 million (approximately Rs. 1700 crore) for the Pune franchise which is the highest bid by any company in the history of IPL. The franchise made its debut in the fourth season of IPL in 2011.

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