Know all about the world’s largest stadium, and it’s in India!
Though all cricket-loving eyes have been on India-England pink ball day night Test match, the world at large has been buzzing over something else. Not the game, but where it’s been held. Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium in Gujarat is the largest cricket stadium in the world. And if you’re wondering where you heard that name before, think about former US President Donald Trump’s visit to India and his huge welcome at the Motera Stadium more than a year ago.
- The cricket stadium in Motera will be now called the ‘Narendra Modi Stadium’. The stadium saw a complete changeover in 2015.
- It was in Motera that Sunil Gavaskar reached the 10,000 runs mark in Test cricket against Pakistan in 1987 and Kapil Dev claimed his 432nd Test wicket to become the highest wicket-taker in the world in 1994, surpassing Sir Richard Hadlee.
- Motera can accommodate more than 1,10,000 spectators, it surpassed Melbourne Cricket Ground which can accommodate almost 100,000 visitors.
- According to an official statement, the total area of the Motera stadium ‘is equivalent to 32 Olympic size soccer fields put together’. It has been rebuilt at the cost of Rs800 crore.
- Australian architect firm Populous, which designed the Melbourne Cricket Stadium among others, is the architect of the new stadium.
- The Motera stadium has 11 pitches made of both red and black soil and is the only stadium in the world to have the same soil surfaces for the main and practice pitches. It has four dressing rooms for players. And no floodlights but LED lights are fitted on the roof so there are shadows on the field.
- The sports complex in the stadium is not for just cricket but other disciplines including football, hockey, basketball, kabbadi, boxing, and lawn tennis among others.
- The ground claims to have a drainage system that will take just 30 minutes from the time it stops raining to drain out the water.
- A built-in clubhouse with 55 rooms further adds to the stadium’s glory. The clubhouse features both indoor & outdoor games, restaurants, an Olympic size swimming pool, gym as well as a 3D projector theatre.