Facts about Motera Stadium– Sardar Patel Stadium, also known as Motera Stadium is world’s largest cricket stadium and the second-largest stadium in the world. The stadium is situated in Ahmedabad, India and is one of the largest sports venues in India.
Motera Stadium was constructed in 1983 with a seating capacity of 54,000. The stadium is a venue for Test, ODI, and T20I cricket matches. To know more about Motera Stadium read facts on the world’s largest cricket stadium, Motera Stadium.
Facts about Motera Stadium – Sardar Patel Stadium
- The Motera Stadium was earlier known as the Gujarat Stadium, but later it was renamed in tribute to India’s first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
- The Sardar Patel Stadium or Motera Stadium came into existence in 1982 after the Gujarat government donated 100 acres of land on the banks of the Sabarmati River.
- In October 2015, the reconstruction of the stadium started and the total cost of reconstruction came to be around ₹800 crores. The redevelopment was planned to be completed in 2019, but it was finally completed only in February 2020.
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- The inauguration of Motera Stadium was done by the US President Mr. Donald Trump on 24th February 2020.
- This stadium is dispersed in 63 acres and has a seating capacity of 110,000 people.
- The stadium comprises of a clubhouse with over 53 rooms, 3 practice grounds for cricketers, 4 dressing rooms, 76 corporate boxes, an Olympic size swimming pool, a parking area that has a capacity of around 3,000 four-wheeler cars and up to 10,000 two-wheelers.
- Sardar Patel Stadium is owned by the Gujarat Cricket Association.
- Sardar Patel Stadium is the second-largest stadium in the world, the first is Rungrado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, with a seating capacity of 114,000.
- After this stadium, India has a total of 5 largest stadiums from the list of top 10 largest stadiums in the world.
Many famous Indian cricketers set a landmark in this stadium:
- In October 1999, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test double-hundred in a match against New Zealand.
- Kapil Dev broke Sir Richard Hadlee’s 431 wickets record in Tests and became the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket of that time.
- Sunil Gavaskar completed 10,000 runs in Tests against Pakistan in 1986–87.