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Kolkata is a treasure trove for sports lovers, presenting bountiful opportunities for experiencing the best. Whether it is football, cricket, golf, or any other sports, people in Kolkata are remarkably enthusiastic and passionate. Catering to Kolkata’s undying passion and vigor for sports, there are plenty of state-of-the-art stadiums and sports clubs that provides the ultimate opportunity to indulge into and experience a myriad of enthralling sports activities. West Bengal Sports Minister, Mr. Madan, inspires different sports activities in the city and throughout the state, also providing financial aid towards development of sports teams, stadiums and clubs to provide improved experienced.
Football in Kolkata
When it comes to culinary choice of people in Kolkata, the City of Joy presents a distinct connection to football that dates back to decades. Football in Kolkata is liked and favored by many irrespective of economic and social backgrounds. It is said that football isn’t just a sport; it is a religion for Kolkata. The city’s affinity bordering on its obsession for Mohun Bagan and East Bengal football team isn’t surprising anymore. The obsession has been there for decades and seems to continue for few more decades to come. In its truest sense, the city comes to a standstill when there is a football match between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, two of the most popular football teams in the city. However, football in Kolkata isn’t merely limited to local plays. People in Kolkata also crave for international football. It won’t be surprising if you get plenty of fans for Pele, Maradona, Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho, David Beckham, or perhaps Thierry Henry.
It is believed that until Kolkata is there, football will continue to be its lifeblood. Some of the most prominent places for football are Netaji Indoor Stadium, Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Rabindra Sarovar Stadium, and Maidan. The popular football teams in Kolkata are East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, George Telegraph SC, Kolkata Derby, and Eastern Railway FC. Kolkata’s unmatched love for football attracts many renowned and best-known footballers from around the world to visit the City of Joy. Famous names such as Chuni Goswami, Pradip Choudhury, Subhas Bhowmick, Baichung Bhutia, and Shailen Manna are associated with football in Kolkata.
Famous Football Clubs of Kolkata
Mohun Bagan Athletics Club Address: Opposite Eden Garden, Fort William, Kolkata - 700021 Contact: (033) 22481634
East Bengal Club Address: Maidan Tent, Fort William, Kolkata - 700021 Contact: (033) 22484642
Mohammedan Sporting Club Maidan, Esplanade. Kolkata-700 069 Phone- 2248-3194
Cricket in Kolkata
After football, Kolkata is remarkably passionate about cricket, with one of the best captains of Indian Cricket Team having his roots in the city – Sourav Ganguly. People in Kolkata regularly follow cricket, both local and international, and is extremely enthusiastic about the sport. The renowned Eden Gardens stadium is especially built for promoting cricket in Kolkata. Gully cricket is one of the most favorite pastimes of kids and teenagers here, and one can even see adults enjoying a game in cricket, whatever is the occasion. Some of the most famous names associated with cricket in Kolkata are Sourav Ganguly, Deep Dasgupta, Laxmiratan Shukla, Manoj Tiwary, and others. Every year Kolkata Knight Riders take part in IPL matches and showcases their commitment towards the game of cricket.
Other Sports Activities in Kolkata
Besides an undeterred passion for football and cricket, Kolkata loves to enjoy several other sports activities such as hockey, golf, badminton, rowing, and tennis. The city has several prominent golf clubs and rowing centers that offer state-of-the-art infrastructure for enthusiasts and professionals to have the best experience. Kolkata also demonstrates a growing fascination for badminton, with innumerable coaching centers that teach children and teenagers in the most professional manner.
Sports Stadiums in Kolkata
Address: Eden Garden Rd, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021 Cricket Stadium Phone: 033 2248 2447
Netaji Indoor Stadium
Address: Shahid Khudiram Bose Rd, B B D Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021
Salt Lake Stadium
Address: JB Block, Kolkata, West Bengal, JB Block, Sector III, Salt Lake City, Bidhan Nagar, West Bengal 700098