Surpassing the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Motera has become the largest cricket stadium in the world. Located in Sabarmati, Ahmedabad, Motera Stadium will be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday as the pitch prepares for the third test match between India and England.
The stadium will be inaugurated on February 24 by President Ram Nath Kovind in the presence of Union Minister of the Interior Amit Shah.
Everything about the Sardar Patel Motera stadium
The Sardar Patel Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad spans 63 acres, with a capacity of 1.10 lakh people. Currently, Melbourne is the largest cricket stadium in the world. It can accommodate 90,000 people simultaneously.
After the Statue of Unity, the world’s largest statue of Sardar Patel built in Gujarat, the state will now set the new record for housing the world’s largest cricket stadium.
Built at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore, the beauty of this stadium is incredible. The stadium is being built by the company Larsen & Turbo (L&T), which also built the Statue of Unity in 5 years.
It has 76 corporate boxes, an Olympic-level swimming pool, an indoor academy, four locker rooms for athletes, food courts and the GCA clubhouse.
A total of 11 clay courts of six red and five black courts have been prepared in the stadium. This is the first stadium to use both colored clay for the main and practice courts. In case of rain, the pitch can be dried in just 30 minutes.
An innovative feature of this stadium is that the 360 degree podium at a height of 9 meters simplifies the movement of spectators and provides a uniform view for spectators from any stand.
The designed company lodges have a capacity of 25 seats each. Huge changing rooms have been created for both teams. Separate state-of-the-art gyms have also been installed. A special lounge has been built near the players and the VIP entrance.
The center of attraction is the collection of autographed bats of players from the IPL and World Cup matches played so far in the stadium’s autograph gallery.
The Hall of Fame, which features photographs of world-famous cricketers, catches the eyes of onlookers. When the old stadium was demolished in 2016, the Motera stadium had a capacity of 54,000 spectators.
The foundation stone for the new cricket stadium was laid by the Gujarat Cricket Association in January 2018 for the construction of a new state-of-the-art and fully equipped stadium.