Sports Facilities in JaipurRajasthan, the land of Rajas and Maharajas, Ranas and Maharanas has always shown interests in anything royal, courageous, bold and heightening the pulse-rate. Hence, sports always played a vital role for the Rajputs for both spending leisure time and building physical strength. Jaipur, being the most important city of the older period and the capital of the new state has always given importance to sports. In the royal era, Jaipur used to experience Archery, Polo, Horse Riding etc. enjoyed by both the royal men and the civilians. With the flow of time, Jaipur embraced various other sports and developed a very good infrastructure for sports and athletics.
Major Sports in Jaipur
The royal game of Jaipur used to be the Polo. Though the charm has long been faded the sport still survives as a glance of royal sport. For horse Polo, the skill of the horse and the rider both were needed and it happened to be the most famous sport in Rajasthan. Polo is still played in Jaipur but the enthusiasm is now restricted among a few rich people. The polo was played in various modes e.g. Horse Polo, Camel Polo, Elephant Polo and even the Bicycle Polo. Still there are many Polo tournaments are arranged throughout the year in Jaipur which reflect the skill and nimbleness of the horse and the sense of direction and passion of the riders.
Golf is also a popular sport in Jaipur. Several state and national level golfers have brightened India’s position in sports internationally in recent years. And Maharana Man Singh is solely responsible for the initial development of Golf in Jaipur. Several golf tournaments are held in the city where players from all over the world come and join. Youngsters are getting more and more interested in this sport now a days.
Like every other city in India, Jaipur also has grown a keen interest in India’s most popular sport, Cricket. Numerous coaching centers and sports club facilitates good infrastructure for this sport. Rajasthan, especially Jaipur city has already produced a bunch of national level cricket players. The city also represents the state in the Indian Premier League as the team called Rajasthan Royals and won the inaugural edition of IPL, 2008.
Though still at a nascent phase, Football in Jaipur is gaining popularity in a very fast pace. The district Football Association and clubs like Jaipur FC are doing great job by arranging football matches and tournaments throughout the year. Recently the city also played as the Jaipur Pink Panthers at the first edition of Indian Super League and scored very well in the tournament.
Kabaddi, the popular game in the rural India is also garnering popularity in the metro cities like Jaipur. Recently held the Pro Kabbadi League which was inaugurated in 2014 with the motto of promoting Kabbadi to a broader perspective has helped creating awareness among the youths of Jaipur city. The opening edition of the league was won by the team Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Among others sports some of the popular ones in Jaipur are Badminton, Table Tennis, Swimming, Rifle Shooting, Archery, Chess, Basket Ball, Lawn Tennis etc
Stadiums in Jaipur
Sawai Mansingh Cricket Stadium is the biggest stadium in Jaipur. It is also known as SMS Lal Kothi. It has a seating capacity of around 48000 people. This stadium hosts several important national and international cricket matches. Another famous stadium in Jaipur is Chaugan Stadium which is used for general events like festivals. One of the oldest and most popular golf courses in Jaipur is the Rambagh Gold Course. It hosts some of the most important golf tournaments in the country.
Sports Coaching Facilities in Jaipur
There are plethora of good coaching centers and institutes for all the major sports in Jaipur city. Some important ones are mentioned below:
Surana Cricket Academy
Little Master Cricket Academy
Ojas Coaching Classes
Jaipur Riding and Polo Club
Jaipur Football Club Pvt. Ltd.
Badminton, Martial Arts, Tennis, Swimming, Gymnastics
Oriental Martial Arts & Sports Academy in Sodala, Jaipur
Swavlambi Tennis Academy
Sports Shops in Jaipur
There are several sports shops in Jaipur city helps finding the right sports gear for the enthusiasts. Starting from the footballs or cricket gears to the polo or golf sticks these shops keep everything for the seekers. Some popular shops are:
Fitking Fitness & Health
14 A, New Sanganer Road, Sodala, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Phone No. +91 141 4362085
SB- 52, Krishna Enclave, Rambagh Circle, Bapu Naga, Tonk Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Phone No. +91 141 4046169
S B Sports
Showroom No. 1, Govind Marg Opposite Dashera Maidan, aja Park, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Phone No. +91 9829033072
12/B, Govind Marg, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur
Phone No. +91 141 4009800