Sports in SiliguriSports and sporting activities have always been held in high esteem by our society for building a healthy body besides providing invaluable entertainment to our mundane life. The city of Siliguri too hosts numerous matches and sporting events for the improvement of its young athletes and the entertainment of the general population. Some of the important local clubs in Siliguri which aid the growing sporting enthusiasts are Bagha Jatin Club in College Para for cricket, S.A.I or Sports Authority of India in Kanchenjunga Stadium playing football/soccer and athletics, Agragrami Club in Ashram Para playing cricket, Dadabhai Sporting Club in Deshbandhu Para where volley ball and cricket are played besides many others clubs.
Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri
With the provision for an international outdoor and indoor stadium, Siliguri has enough opportunities to host national as well as international level matches. This has also led to Siliguri being a prominent town to produce national champions like Mantu Ghosh who was the Gold Medalist winner in the bi-annual South Asian Games (SAF) for table tennis, Nandita Saha another internationally acclaimed table tennis player and Wriddhiman Saha , the Indian international cricketer who is playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League.
Stadiums in SiliguriThere are two main stadiums in Siliguri for outdoor and indoor sporting events:
Stadium- This outdoor stadium is situated in Bidhan Road, and has a
capacity of about 40,000 people. The stadium is used for holding
football matches and even the Ranji Trophy. Besides important cricket,
football and other sporting events, the stadium also hosts various fairs
like the book fair, “Boisakhi” in its fair ground.
Municipal Indoor Stadium – Located in Desh Bandhu para, in southern
Siliguri, this indoor stadium is used for playing badminton, lawn
tennis, table tennis and other indoor games. It has a capacity of about
5000 people. The Senior National Table Tennis Championship was recently
organized here. Besides, cultural programs are also held in this
Football in Siliguri
Football in Siliguri
Cricket in SiliguriCricket is the most watched and celebrated sport in India and a lot of youngsters play the game including gully cricket in the country. Siliguri too has its loyal cricket base and most of the cricket matches are held in Kanchenjunga Stadium including a few Ranji Trophy as well as Deodhar Trophy matches. Some of the local coaching clubs which nurture young cricketing talent includes the Agragami Sangha which was established in 1962 and is situated in Haren Mukherjee Road, Hakimpara,apart from the Siliguri Cricket Coaching Centre in Babupara. The Agragami Cricket Coaching Centre in Siliguri has been given a boost with the inclusion of Wriddiman Saha who is a student of the academy into the India Red Team for Challenger’s trophy and subsequent into the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team for IPL. The club have practice grounds, sporting equipment and gym facilities for players.
Other Sports in Siliguri
Table Tennis in Siliguri Indoor Stadium