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India inches closer to get world’s largest cricket stadium

Adding to their wealth of cricket stadiums in the country, India are all set to receive the world’s largest cricket stadium. Being built in Ahmedabad, the stadium will be the second international stadium in the city.

The construction of world’s largest cricket stadium, which will leave behind the likes of Melbourne, Eden Gardens and Perth stadiums, and which can host in excess of 1 lakh people, is underway.

The new stadium will accommodate 1.1 lakh cricketing fans inside the stadium. Currently, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the world’s largest cricket stadium in the world with a total capacity of 100,024 while Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is reportedly No. 2 with a capacity of 66,000.

An aerial view of Under Construction World’s Biggest Cricket Stadium. Photo: Twitter

“World’s Largest Cricket Stadium, larger than #Melbourne, is under construction at #Motera in #Ahmedabad,#Gujarat. Once completed the dream project of #GujaratCricketAssociation will become pride of entire India,” Parimal Nathwani, Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) vice-president, tweeted.

The work on the same commenced in January 2017 with work on it still in process. It is worth mentioning that the stadium will be built with a budget of INR 700 crore. The ground is spread over approximately 63 acres of land.

Other than the playing area, the colossal stadium will comprise of three practice grounds, an indoor cricket academy, an Olympic-size swimming pool and a Clubhouse.

Under Construction World’s Biggest Cricket Stadium. Photo: Subodh Agarwal / Twitter

While there had been updates of the same in the past, the work on the stadium came into limelight after Parimal Nathwani, Vice President of the GCA (Gujarat Cricket Association), posted an official update on his Twitter handle.

“The construction work is going on in full swing as per the schedule and we expect the stadium to be ready within the stipulated time period. The stadium will add one more attraction to Ahmedabad,” Nathwani was quoted as saying.

Here are ten things you need to know about the stadium:

1. The foundation stone of the stadium was laid in Jan 2018.

2. The project is the brainchild of PM Narendra Modi, and is being led by the Gujarat Cricket Association.

3. Larson & Tourbo (L&T) were given the tender for construction of the property and renowned architecture firm M/s Populous were given the charge of designing the stadium.

4. Populous is the same firm which is credited with designing the Melbourne Stadium, the current largest stadium in the world.

5. Sprawled over 63 acres of land, the Motera stadium will be able to seat almost 1.10 lakh people, superseding the capacity of the Melbourne Stadium which is currently at 90,000.

6. The cost of building the stadium is approximately 700 crores.

7. The stadium will have four dressing rooms, a club house with over 50 rooms, 76 corporate boxes and an a gargantuan swimming pool.

8. The premises will also include an indoor cricket raining academy.

9. The stadium’s parking will be able to accommodate about 3,000 four-wheeler cars and up to 10,000 two-wheelers.

10. The previous Motera stadium had a capacity of 54,000. It was demolished in 2016 by the GCA in order to start work on the renovation.

History of Stadium:

The Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Ahmedabad, also known as Motera Stadium, has notched up quite a few claims to fame since it arrived on the cricket map in 1983. It was here, in 1987, that cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar scored his 10,000th Test run, becoming the first batsman to reach the milestone. Around seven years later, Kapil Dev broke Richard Hadlee’s world record of 431 Test wickets.

That’s not all. In 1999, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar scored his first double century on this very ground. And now the Motera stadium is being redeveloped to emerge AS the sport’s largest arena.

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