New Delhi (SunstarTV Bureau): Ahead of the beginning of pink ball test between India and England, the world’s biggest cricket stadium with seating capacity for 1,10,000, was renamed as Narendra Modi stadium.
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. Along with him, Home Minister Amit Shah, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju were also present at the stadium.
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.
This 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 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.