India and England are playing the Third D/N Test match in Ahmedabad. Both the teams seem evenly poised going into this game and it promises to be a cracker of a contest, but the talk has been mostly about the ground at which they’re playing and that’s because this Stadium in Ahmedabad will be hosting it’s first match. It also happens to be the largest stadium in the world as of now. President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday inaugurated the newly-built Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad which was renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium ahead of the pink-ball Test between India and England. The President also performed the Bhumi Pujan of the Sardar Patel Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave, and the stadium will be its part. Here’s everything you need to know about the world’s largest cricket stadium:
The stadium is the biggest cricket stadium in the world as it has a total capacity of 1,32,000. On February 24, 2019, the then President of United States, Donald.J. Trump had visited Motera Stadium for the ‘Namaste Trump’ event This stadium is oval in shape and as a result, whenever a match is played on any of the 11 pitches, the boundary size will remain the same on both sides. The project will be jointly executed by the Government of India, the Government of Gujarat, and the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA). The entire facility will offer venues for over 20 Olympic Games such as athletics, badminton, football, aquatics, basketball and many other indoor and outdoor sports.
The sports enclave will also have a 15,000 capacity field hockey stadium and a 50,000 seat athletics-football stadium with a 400m track. A 5,000 capacity tennis stadium would also be there along with 12 additional tennis courts. Last but not the least, a total of 93,00,000 square feet of built space is proposed and the Sports Enclave will also be able to host about 2,50,000 visitors during an event day. A few other specifications about the stadium is that The absence of floodlights, Motera is the first-of-its-kind international cricket stadium in India to have LED lights installed across the length of the roof. 76 corporate boxes – Highest in the world.Clubhouse with 50 deluxe and five suite rooms.
This Vallabhai Patel stadium has been renamed as Narendra Modi Stadium with capacity to accommodate 1,10,000 besides some of the architectural marvels to its credit. The Narendra Modi Stadium, will now be a part of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave in the city of Ahmedabad which also includes facilities to hold other international sports apart from cricket. The President laid the foundation stone for the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave.