Kukoo Walia, organiser, JNHC and a former player recalled his days at Shivaji stadium in the nnis video, “I have played hockey here and also umpired here. Around 15,000 – 20,000 would be inside the stadium for big tournaments. This stadium is such, which has a good history with hockey.”
Indian hockey may be on a decline, but during the past, hockey fans would go crazy while supporting their teams. They would give up anything to watch the game. Walia added, “People used to come here without eating any food to watch the game.”
Sunita Pant, a former player and an umpire has been impressed with the changes brought about in the stadium and said, “There are many changes in the stadium. It has become a world class stadium.” She also feels that it is ready to host international matches as well.