The renovated Motorola Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad has been renamed as Narendra Modi Stadium. The renovated stadium was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind ahead of the third Test between India and England. The stadium has the capacity to accommodate over one lakh people. However, according to the Covid-19 protocol, only 55,000 people will be allowed to watch the India-England Test.
Kiran Riju, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, said the newly constructed Motera Stadium was not only the largest but also one of the best stadiums in the world. A day before the Test match, Riju and BCCI secretary Jay Shah visited the stadium.
Spread over 63 acres, the stadium was built at a cost of Rs 800 crore. It has a seating capacity of 132,000. Motera Stadium surpasses the 90,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground in terms of size.
The stadium’s “total area is equivalent to 32 Olympic-sized soccer fields,” according to a press release from the Press Information Bureau. The stadium, which closed in 2015 for renovations, has now reopened. The first stadium witnessed some important milestones in Indian cricket.
Sunil Gavaskar scored 10,000 runs in Test cricket against Pakistan in 1987 from Motera Stadium. In 1994, Kapil Dev took his 432nd Test wicket, surpassing Sir Richard Haddley to become the highest wicket – taker in the world.
The new stadium was designed by Populus, an Australian architectural firm that designed the Melbourne Cricket Stadium.