Ahmedabad, Feb 24, 2021: Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad has been renamed Narendra Modi Stadium. The world’s biggest cricket Stadium, with a seating capacity of 1,10,000 will be hosting the pink-ball Test between India and England from Wednesday.
Earlier on Wednesday, President Ram Nath Kovind performed ‘bhumi pujan’ and inaugurated the newly revamped Motera Stadium ahead of the start of the Day-Night Test between India and England. Home Minister Amit Shah, BCCI secretary Jay Shah and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju were also present at the inauguration ceremony of the world’s largest cricket stadium.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, who underwent two sets of angioplasty last month, was not able to be a part of the inauguration ceremony and had rued missing the Pink Ball Test.
“Will miss being at the stadium today ..what an effort it must have been to create this ..pink test was our dream and it’s going be the 2nd one in india”: Sourav Ganguly wrote on Twitter.
This is only the second Pink ball Test being played in India. The first such Test match was played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata against Bangladesh.
With a capacity of 1,10,000, which trumps the MCG in Australia that can accommodate 90,000 people, this stadium in Ahmedabad is also the largest cricket stadium in the world with four world-class dressing rooms. As many as 55,000 fans (fifty per cent capacity) are expected to be present at the stadium for the much-anticipated Pink Ball Test match- India’s 2nd at home.
"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,” Virat Kohli had said in his press conference on Tuesday.
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 had added.
Narendra Modi Stadium is the only stadium in the world with 11 centre pitches on the main ground. It also has 6 indoor pitches with bowling machines and 4 dressing rooms.
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.
It is the first time that the field of an Indian cricket stadium has been fitted with LED lights. No other stadium has this feature. There are three entry points to the stadium which has been spread across 63 acres of land in total.