The world’s largest stadium, the Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, has been renamed as Narendra Modi stadium. Notably, the stadium was earlier known as Sardar Patel Stadium. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the stadium straight ahead of the India vs England 3rd Test on Wednesday.
This world’s largest stadium has a capacity of 1,10,000 which makes it so. A year ago, the same stadium hosted the joint town-hall show by US President Donal Trump and PM Modi.
The India vs England test match scheduled for Wednesday will have only 55,000 spectators as per the protocols of COVID-19.
Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports called the Motera stadium to be not just the largest in the world but also one of the best stadiums in the world. Along with BCCI secretary Jay Shah, Kiren Rijiju visited the stadium a day before the test match and took note of the world-class facilities.
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The world’s largest stadium, Narendra Modi stadium, is spread over 63 acres. Built at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore, a seating capacity for 1,32,000 spectators the Motera stadium has surpassed the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground having a capacity of 90,000.
A note from the Press Information Bureau stated that the total area of this world’s largest stadium is equivalent to 32 Olympic size soccer fields put together while giving specifics of the enormous structure.
Witness to some major milestones in Indian cricket in its previous form, this facility was closed for renovation in 2015.
Be it Sunil Gavaskar reaching the 10,000 runs mark in Test cricket IN 1987 against Pakistan
Kapil Dev claiming his 432nd Test wicket in 1994, surpassing Sir Richard Hadlee, to become the highest wicket-taker in the world, the stadium has witnessed a lot of historical records.
Australian firm Populous is behind this new stadium. Notably, the same firm has designed the Melbourne Cricket Stadium.