Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad: World’s largest cricket stadium
Ahead of the third Test match between India and England, the Hon’ble President of India, Ramnath Kovind inaugurated the newly renovated Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. The stadium will now be known as Narendra Modi Stadium, officially renamed on Wednesday. With 1,10,000 seating capacity, the new stadium is now the world’s cricket stadium.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah were among the dignitaries at the inaugural event. The foundation stone for the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave has been laid and the Narendra Modi Stadium will be part of the project in Ahmedabad.
"Coupled with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave and Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, a sports complex will also be built at Naranpura. These three will be equipped to host any international sports event," Home Minister Amit Shah said at the event.
The Sports Minister stated that it is a moment of pride to have the world’s largest cricket stadium in our country.
"Not just for cricket but it's a proud moment for India. Besides being the largest cricket stadium, it's also one of the most modern stadiums in the world. As children, we used to dream about the world's largest stadium in India. And now as sports minister, my happiness knows no bounds that this has finally happened," Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said.
Captain Kohli in ‘awe’ of the infrastructure at the new stadium and also, told how excited the boys are to play there.
"We're proud to have the biggest cricket stadium in the world. The infrastructure is very good and we're all really excited to play here. Crowd presence does make a big difference. We feel the pressure too when we play abroad. Hoping for good support in the coming Tests,” Kohli said during the pre-match press conference.
What makes the new stadium so special?
- Only stadium in the world with 11 centre pitches on the main ground
- 6 indoor pitches with bowling machines pre-installed
- 4 beautiful dressing rooms
- A built-in clubhouse with 55 rooms
- First cricket stadium in the country with LED lights on the field
- Luxury amenities like gym, swimming pool, restaurant and a 3D projector theatre.