Gujarat is on its way to becoming home to the largest cricket stadium in the world. The makeover of the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad is likely to be completed.
This cricket stadium has notched up quite a few claims to fame since it has arrived on the cricket map in 1983. In 1987, that cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar scored his 10,000th test run, becoming the first batsman to reach the milestone. Almost seven years later, Kapil Dev broke Richard Hadlee’s world record of 431 Test wickets and in the year 1999, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar scored his first double century on this ground.
The foundation stone of the new stadium was laid in January 2018. The tender of the stadium project was given to Larson & Toubro (L&T) for the construction of the stadium and renowned architecture firm M/s Populous was given the charge of designing the cricket stadium.
The estimated cost of the stadium will be Rs 700 crore. The new cricket stadium will be spread over approximately 63 acres of land and will consist of a clubhouse with over 50 rooms, 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, three practice grounds for cricketers, an indoor cricket training academy, an Olympic size swimming pool, a parking area that can accommodate about 3,000 four-wheeler cars and up to 10,000 two-wheelers. The stadium will also have a capacity to accommodate almost 1.10 lakh people.
Earlier the whole traffic load was borne by one main road from Motera to Sabarmati. As per the new layout, the traffic will be segregated in three directions. The Gujarat government has also planned to integrate Metro Rail and Sabarmati Riverfront Road.
Gujarat Cricket Association Vice President Parimal Nathwani mentioned in a tweet “World’s Largest Cricket Stadium, larger than Melbourne, is under construction at Motera in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Once completed the dream project of Gujarat Cricket Association will become the pride of entire India. Sharing glimpses of construction work underway.”