World’s Largest: Mind-blowing new stadium at Ahmedabad named after PM Narendra Modi
Largest stadium of the world
The Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, has been now renamed after PM Narendra Modi. This was earlier named after India’s popular freedom fighter Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. The stadium was inaugurated by President Shri Ram Nath Kovind, before the kick-start of India vs England 3rd Test on Wednesday.
The mesmerizing stadium has a capacity of 1,32,000. This makes it the largest stadium in the world. However, due to Covid 19 protocols only 55,000 spectators are allowed in the stadium. Exactly a year ago, the stadium witnessed the remarkable “Namaste-Trump” mega show. The event was organized by PM Modi for US President Donald Trump.
Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said,
“The newly-built Motera Cricket Stadium isn’t just the biggest, but also one amongst the greatest stadium of the world.”
Minister Rijiju alongside BCCI secretary Jay Shah visited the stadium a day before the match. They were there to take note of all the facilities and management.
The President of India Ram Nath Kovind performed the Bhumi Pujan, at the Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad..
Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore, the stadium is spread over a space of more than 63 acres. Motera stadium surpassed the Melbourne Cricket Ground which has a capacity of around 90,000.
“The total area is equivalent to 32 Olympic size soccer fields put together”. – Press Information Bureau
Glimpse of history
The authority had closed the stadium, for remodeling since 2015. It has witnessed some of the major milestones in Indian cricket in its previous form. These include little Master Sunil Gavaskar reaching the 10,000 runs mark in Test cricket against Pakistan in 1987. And Kapil Dev claiming his 432nd Test wicket to become the highest wicket-taker in the world in 1994. He surpassed Sir Richard Hadlee by this record.
Australian firm Populous has designed the stadium. They have also designed the Melbourne Cricket Stadium in the past.