President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday inaugurated the world’s largest cricket area – the refurbished Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera – a state-of-the-art facility that may accommodate an awe-inspiring 1.32 lakh spectators.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The stadium has been renamed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stadium.
The President inaugurated the stadium within the presence of House Minister Amit Shah and Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijiju amongst a number of different dignitaries. It opens with the third Test between India and England, a day-night sport from Wednesday, and also will host the fourth and ultimate sport of the series from March 4.
Spread over 63 acres, the stadium has been constructed at an estimated price of ₹800 crores and with a seating capacity for 1,32,000 spectators, it has surpassed the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground which may accommodate 90,000.
“The entire space is equal to 32 Olympic dimension soccer fields put collectively,” said a be aware from the Press Data Bureau.
The stadium, which was closed for renovation in 2015, was witness to some main milestones in Indian cricket in its earlier avatar. Sunil Gavaskar reached the 10,000 run-mark in Test cricket right here towards Pakistan in 1987, and in 1994, Kapil Dev claimed his 432nd Test wicket to turn into the very best wicket-taker on the earth, surpassing Sir Richard Hadlee.
Australian architect agency Populous, which designed the Melbourne Cricket Stadium, amongst others, is the architect of the brand-new stadium.
It has 11 pitches made from each crimson and black soil and is the one stadium on the earth to have identical soil surfaces for the principle and observe pitches.
“As kids, we used to dream concerning the world’s largest stadium in India. And now as sports activities minister, my happiness is aware of no bounds that this has lastly occurred,” Rijiju mentioned on the inauguration.
Gamers from each group have expressed their admiration for what they’ve skilled on the area.“It is likely one of the most trendy sports activities services on the earth,” he added.
4 dressing rooms
The bottom claims to have a drainage system that can take simply 30 minutes from the time it stops raining to empty out the water. As a substitute of excessive mast floodlights, the sector of play has LED lights fastened alongside the perimeter of the roof offering shadow-less gentle – a primary of its sort association in India. That is the one cricket stadium on the earth to have 4 dressing rooms for the gamers in order that back-to-back video games may be performed on an identical day.
It additionally has a cricket academy, indoor observe pitches, and two separate observe grounds with a small pavilion space.
The President carried out the ground-breaking ceremony for sports activities advanced within the stadium for disciplines like soccer, hockey, basketball, kabbadi, boxing, and garden tennis amongst others