The Rangpur Stadium has been in shambolic state for quite a while now. Built in 1968 near Islampur, the stadium which used to stage both football and cricket matches has now been left to rot due to a lack of maintenance and renovation. The ground and the gallery have become breeding grounds for shrubs while the premises have developed massive holes, posing a danger to anyone venturing into the area. A year ago, talks had initiated over converting the venue into an international standard stadium and a meeting was held in this regard with the participation of the city mayor, but talks did not progress. A part of the stadium was declared abandoned five years ago, but no renovation or reconstruction has taken place since. The National Sports Council is the owner of the stadium while the District Sports Association is the authority in charge of managing and maintaining infrastructure. But it seems like no one is keen on either owning or maintaining the stadium, which could have been the centre of sporting activities of the northernmost division. When contacted, Monjur Ahmed Azad, vice-president of District Sports Association (DSA) in Rangpur, said: "The old part of the stadium was declared abandoned five years back. A new structure will be built after demolition of the old ones." Advocate Anwarul Islam, secretary of DSA in Rangpur, added: "The front part of the stadium already declared vulnerable. Its demolition to be started soon. Tender will be invited to build a 4-storey building there very soon. A proposal of the international stadium has already been sent to concern department for approval."