The Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, the largest cricket stadium in the world, is now known as the Narendra Modi Stadium. President Ramnath Kovind on Wednesday inaugurated the renovated stadium ahead of the third Test of the India-England Test series.
Home Minister Amit Shah, Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah were present on the occasion. The stadium in Motera was earlier known as the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium. The stadium is part of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave.
The first international match at the world’s largest cricket stadium starts on Wednesday. The first name of the stadium in Motera was Gujarat Stadium. When renovated, it became the Sardar Patel Stadium. Since then, the stadium has been named after Narendra Modi.
The stadium was built in 1983 at Motera in Ahmedabad. Renovated in 2006. Renovation began in 2016. The work was completed in February 2020. The renovation cost Rs 800 crore.
The stadium can currently seat 110,000 people (as Kovid, only 55,000 will be allowed for Tests this time). With this, it became the most seated cricket stadium in the world. The second is the Melbourne Cricket Ground (100,000 seats) in Australia. The stadium is spread over 63 acres.