The World’s Largest Cricket Stadium, Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera Ahmedabad inside the premises of Sardar Patel Sports Enclave, has been Inaugurated by Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Hon’ble President of India on 24th of February 2021. On the same day last year, on February 24, the Prime Minister hosted U.S. President Donald Trump with the mega ‘Namaste Trump’ event at the stadium. This stadium is also the 2nd largest overall stadium of the world with a sitting capacity of 1,32,000. Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) is the owner of this stadium & is a venue for all cricketing events, Test, ODI & T20.
History of The Stadium
The old stadium, Sardar Patel Stadium with 49,000 seating capacity, was built in 1983. The Government of Gujarat in 1982 donated 100 acre of land to build a International cricket stadium on the banks of Sabarmati River, where many historically important matches were played. The Stadium hosted 12 Tests, 23 One Day Internationals, and one T20 between 1983 and 2014.
Some interesting facts about The new Stadium
- There are 11 pitches in the middle of the ground made of red & black soils which is the highest number of pitches in any Cricket stadium.
- It is the only stadium in the world which offers the same soil surfaces for the practice and main pitches.
- This is the only Cricket Stadium in the world to have four dressing rooms, so that back to back matches can be played on the same day.
- The stadium consists of two most modern Gymnasiums for the players in the dressing room area.
- The state of the art Drainage system of the stadium enables water to be drained off within 30 minutes after it stops raining, which avoids cancellation of matches due to bad weather.
- Instead of traditional high mass floodlights, the stadium has a field of play led lights fixed around the perimeter of roof providing a shadow less light, a first of its kind in India. This new lighting system will save almost 50% power consumption.
- The stadium housed 76 corporate boxes having seating capacity of 25 each, which is also the highest in the world.
- The stadium offers ample parking space for Four & Two wheelers.
- The Stadium is well connected with the large roads of Ahmedabad City, and as well as with BRTS facility and very soon it’ll be connected with the mega metro project.
- The stadium also has a cricket academy for young promising cricketers.
- The Stadium has indoor practice pitches with two separate practice grounds with a small pavilion area.
- The stadium also has a clubhouse with 50 deluxe rooms & 5 sweet houses and an Olympic size swimming pool, indoor and outdoor games, restaurant, gymnasium and a 3D projector theatre.
- The structure of newly built Narendra Modi Stadium is equivalent to 32 Olympic size football fields
- The weight of precast concrete elements erected to build this stadium is 1 lakh metric tons which is equivalent to the weight of 10 times of the Eiffel tower.
- The stadium comprises precast Y columns which weigh around 260 tons which is equivalent to the weight of 65 Asiatic Elephants.
- The height of each Y column is equivalent to a 10 story building.
- 14 thousands metric tons of steel has been used to build this stadium is equivalent to that used for a tower bridge in London.
- The Stadium was conceptualized by the renowned Australian Architect Firm Populous.
- The designer and builder of the stadium are Larsen and Toubro (L&T).
Some Special Moments of Motera Stadium
- First ever International cricket match played here was a Test match between India and West Indies 12-16 November, 1983.
- In the inaugural match Kapil Dev took a 9 wicket haul in the second innings of West Indies.
- The first ODI match was played on 5th of October 1984 between India and Australia.
- In 1987 Sunil Gavaskar became the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in test cricket at Motera Stadium.
- In 1995, Kapil Dev claimed his 432nd Test Wicket and became the highest wicket-taker in the world.
- In 1996, Javagal Srinath took six wickets in the 4th innings of a test match played between India and South Africa.
- In 2011 the iconic and historic India vs Australia, quarter final match of 2011 world cup was also played here, which India won by 5 wickets and with 14 balls remaining. Yuvraj Singh was The Man of The Match.
- In 2012 Cheteshwar Pujara, the modern day wall of Indian Test Team, scored a double hundred at this venue against England leads India winning the match by 9 wickets.
The newly Built Stadium and records
- The first match played on the newly built Narendra Modi Stadium, test match between India and England 24-28 February, 2021
- India won the match by 10 wickets in just 2 days because of amazing bowling by Indian spinners, Akshar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin.
- The venue became very special for Ishant Sharma as he played his 100th test match at the venue.
- Ravichandran Ashwin after taking the wicket of Jofra Archer & became 4th Indian to take 400 wickets in test cricket. He did this in his 77th match & became the second fastest in the world to take 400 wickets
- Akshar Patel was given the man of the match award for his amazing bowling performance in the match. He took a total of 11 wickets in the match 6 in first innings and 5 in the second innings.
This stadium was conceptualised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. He was president of the Gujarat Cricket Association at that time. He envisioned to completely demolish the old stadium and build in its place a new one which would be the largest in the world with best of class facilities. And to honour Mr. Modi, the Gujarat Cricket Association and The Government of Gujarat decided to rename the stadium as Narendra Modi Stadium. The pride of Gujarat, this iconic world largest cricket stadium at Ahmedabad has become a landmark for India.