India will soon boast of having the largest cricket stadium in the world, with work set to begin on a new stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, which will have a maximum capacity of 1,10,000 when completed.
The new stadium will come up on the grounds of the old cricket stadium at Motera, with the older stadium having been demolished over the past year. The new stadium will be built by construction giants Larsen and Toubro. It will take two years for the completion of the stadium.
The older Motera stadium had a seating of 54,000, meaning the capacity will now be more than double its old size. The Melbourne Cricket Ground currently holds the record of the largest cricket ground in the world, with a seating capacity of 100,024. The new Motera stadium will be of the highest international standards and will have various facilities like fan zones, food outlets, executive boxes with air-conditioning and modern parking and washroom facilities.
Amit Shah, who is the right-hand man of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is also the President of the Gujarat Cricket Association and has been instrumental in the development of plans for the new stadium. It is said that the stadium was a dream project of the Prime Minister and Amit Shah, both of whom hail from the state.
“The ground is ready to be handed over to the construction company. The new stadium, when completed, will be the largest cricket stadium in the world which will be made to meet all the latest the international standards,” the GCA said in a press release.
The older stadium in Motera was named after Sardar Vallabhai Patel and witnessed several key moments in India’s cricketing history. It was at this stadium that Sunil Gavaskar became the first ever batsmen to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Kapil Dev also took his 432nd wicket here, surpassing the legendary Richard Hadlee.
It was also here that Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar scored his first ever double century in Tests, scoring 217 against New Zealand back in 1999. The venue also played host to the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup, in which India defeated defending champions Australia on their way to winning the tournament.