Also known as Motera Stadium the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Ahmedabad has always maintained its space in the cricket news since 1983. Before its present construction began, the Motera Stadium had already hosted around 23 ODIs. Some of cricket’s most historic moments have been witnessed here as well.
Sunil Gavaskar became a cricketing legend when he scored his 10,000thtest run right here. He also became the first batsman in history to reach this milestone. Again, seven years later Richard Hadlee’s world record of 431 wickets was broken by none other than Kapil Dev, one of the greatest all-rounders. And thereafter in 1999, another cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar scored his first double-century here too.
Being redeveloped as sport’s largest arena, the Motera Stadium will see a capacity of around 1.1 lakh, even beating Melbourne’s Cricket ground that is currently considered as the biggest with a capacity of around 100,024. Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is only next with a capacity of around 66,000.
The foundation stone for the new stadium was laid down last year, in January of 2018. The global architectural firm M/s. Populous is in charge of designing the structure while Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is in charge of its construction. The project did see some renowned bidders as well such as the Nagarjun Construction Company and the ShapoorJi Pallonji Group, which is also one of India’s biggest conglomerate businesses.
The new stadium is spread over an area of around 63 acres and is estimated to cost around Rs.700 Crores. Furthermore, the entire set up boasts of including around 76 corporate boxes, 4 dressing rooms, a 50-rooms clubhouse, an indoor cricketing academy, a parking area to accommodate no less than 3,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers and much more. Additionally, it also houses three practice grounds for the players.
The maximum capacity stadium is as a repeated request from the GCA and an active initiative of BJP President Mr. Amit Shah. The new design and layout of the stadium also plan to address traffic issues. Initially, a single road leading from Motera to Sabarmati would bear the entire brunt of the traffic during a match. Now, with the new layout, traffic can be easily diverted into three different directions, besides integrating the Metro Rail and Sabarmati Riverfront Road. The stadium is also aimed at being environmentally friendly while uplifting the entire arena. After its construction is complete, Gujarat would contain two attractions both world record breakers –the other one being the latest Statue of Unity at 182 meters.
It is envisaged that the Gujarat Cricket Association’s dream project will become the pride of the nation in the years to come.
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