Gujarat might not have an IPL (Indian Premier League) team to its name anymore, but it can soon boast of having the world’s largest cricket stadium instead, thanks to the upcoming Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. By Bayar Jain
As with everything else in Gujarat lately, the latest addition in their reservoir of all things record-breaking is the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. Also called the Motera Cricket Stadium, this ground is in the race to be the biggest in the world with a whopping seating capacity of 1,10,000 people, which is more than Melbourne Cricket Ground – the current largest stadium which can seat 1,00,024 fans. It is being speculated that Donald Trump, the President of United States of America will be inaugurating the stadium on February 24, however, no confirmations have been made by the government or the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Cricket aside, the massive stadium – dedicated to India’s first Deputy Prime Minister, Vallabhbhai Patel – is also expected to serve as a catalysis for basketball, football, boxing, hockey, squash, billiards, badminton, swimming, and lawn tennis enthusiasts as well. Moreover, it is expected to have separate team meeting rooms, four dressing rooms, three practice grounds, an indoor cricket academy, and even an Olympic-sized swimming pool. So gigantic is stadium size that the parking lot will be able to accommodate 4,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers. 75 corporate boxes, along with distinct entry and exit arrangements at the venue add to the grandiose elements.
Spread over 63 acres, and reportedly built at a cost of INR 700 crores, this stadium has another feather to add to its hat – the first stadium to be lit up using LED lights. Moreover, its proximity to the metro line would also make it easier for people to travel to the stadium using public transport, in turn helping curb carbon emissions as well.