Motera Cricket Stadium in Gujarat renamed as 'Narendra Modi Stadium'
President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday inaugurated the newly renovated Motera's Sardar Patel Stadium, which is the largest and state-of-the-art cricket stadium in the world, which can accommodate one lakh 32 thousand spectators.
New Delhi: On Wednesday (February 24), the world's largest cricket stadium, Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad formally inaugurated by President Ramnath Kovind. The name of this stadium changed to Narendra Modi Stadium. The third match of the four-Test series between India and England organized in the same stadium from 2.30 pm on Wednesday.
Motera renamed as Narendra Modi stadium:
This is the second Pink Ball Test to be held in India. It is the largest and state-of-the-art cricket stadium in the world, in which one lakh 32 thousand spectators can sit. The merits of this stadium will surprise you.
The President inaugurated the stadium in the presence of several distinguished guests. Including Home Minister Amit Shah and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
Spread over 63 acres of the campus, the stadium has a spectating capacity of one lakh 32 thousand and Rs 800 crore spent on it. Earlier the Melbourne Cricket Ground was the largest stadium with an audience capacity of 90000. "It is equivalent to 32 Olympic-sized football stadiums," said the information released by the Press Information Bureau.
The ground closed for renovation in 2015. It has witnessed many glorious moments in the history of cricket. This includes Sunil Gavaskar completing 10000 Test runs in 1987 and Kapil Dev's 432 Test wickets, breaking Sir Richard Headley's record in 1994 to become the highest Test wicket taker. Many experts, including Australian architect firm Populus, who designed the MCG involved in its construction.
The sports minister said at the inauguration, "We used to dream of the biggest stadium in India as a child and now as sports minister it is not my pleasure to see it completed." England players have also praised this ground. It is the only cricket stadium which has four dressing rooms. Apart from this there are cricket academies, indoor practice pitches and two separate practice grounds.