President Ramnath Kovind inaugurated the Motera Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Wednesday. The stadium was inaugurated by Kovind before the start of the third Test match between India and England.
The Motera Cricket Ground is named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and renamed Narendra Modi Stadium. Home Minister Amit Shah, Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah were also present at the inaugural event on Wednesday.
The Narendra Modi Stadium is the largest cricket ground in the world with a seating capacity of 1,10,000. For the first time, India and England will have a light-colored ‘pink ball’ test match.
Sports City of India
A sports complex will also be built in Naranpur with the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave and Narendra Modi Stadium at Motera. Home Minister Amit Shah said all three places will have the necessary facilities to hold any kind of international sporting event.
“Ahmedabad will be recognized as the sports city of India,” said Amit Shah.
A childhood dream come true
“Not just for cricket, but for India’s pride. In addition to being the largest cricket stadium, it is also one of the most modern stadiums in the world. As a child, we dreamed of having the world’s largest stadium in India. I cannot describe my happiness as a sports minister now, ”Kiren Rijiju said.
Seven consecutive international matches
International cricket is being played for the first time since the stadium was renovated. Prior to this, the knockout stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy was held here. There will be seven international cricket matches in a short time. All five matches of the last two Tests and T20 series between India and England will be held here.
63 acres of land
The Motera Stadium was built in 1982. Its capacity was then 49,000. The 63-acre area features 40 indoor sports and indoor cricket academies. The four teams have rows of dressing rooms. The gym has six indoor practice pitches, three outdoor practice pitches and other amenities.