Rae Bareli’s stadium will be named after Indian women’s hockey player Rani Rampal.
Indian Railways’ modern Coach Factory Stadium in Rae Bareli has been renamed as Rani’s Girls Hockey Turf, named after the former captain of the Indian women’s hockey team, Rani Rampal.
With this, Rani became the first Indian woman hockey player to have a stadium named after her.
Rani Rampal has played over 250 international matches for India since her debut in 2009.
Rani was part of India’s 2017 Women’s Asian Cup title-winning team and led the Indian women’s hockey team to a historic fourth-place finish at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Rani Rampal was the winner of the Padma Shri in 2020. Rampal was the first India from India to be named World Games Athlete of The Year 2019. She has also been the recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2016.