October 13: Changlimithang stadium in the capital is all set for Coronation and Centenary celebrations. The historic stadium was inaugurated by His Royal Highness the Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck yesterday following major construction works.
After two years of renovation and construction works, the face of the historical national stadium has been changed.
It has been upgraded and enlarged to accommodate a large number of people.
The stadium underwent major renovation and construction works over the past two years. The stadium will now be used for upcoming Coronation and Centenary celebrations in November.
The stadium has the capacity to accommodate at least 25000 people. It has several new facilities such as seating balconies for public to offices, media gallery and the restrooms.
The renovation works of the stadium were carried out at an estimated cost of about Nu. 223 million.
Speaking at the inauguration, the president of the Bhutan Olympic Committee former Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji said Changlimithang ground played a significant role in Bhutan’s history.
He said the ground has been a site for national celebrations since the 3rd King‘s time. It will witness yet another historic moment during the coronation of the 5th Druk Gyalpo Changlimithang ground not only saw the 1885 battle described as Bhutan’s last civil war, but the coronation of the 4th Druk Gyalpo and other momentous events.
Changlimithang ground is also a site of the 1885 battle that established the political supremacy of Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck, Bhutan’s first king.
Cabinet ministers, representatives from the international community and other senior government officials also attended the function.