Narendra Modi Stadium is the largest cricket stadium in the world. (GCA website)
New Delhi: Cricket is a religion in India. It is difficult to describe the craze for this game. There is hardly any country as passionate about cricket as India. This country has given more than one cricketer to the cricket world. Sachin Tendulkar, who is called the God of cricket, also came out of this country. But for a long time there was a deficiency in this country which was completed only a few years back. There was a lack of the biggest stadium in the biggest country of cricket, which was fulfilled. This work happened after the coming of the Narendra Modi-led government.
Before 2021, the world’s largest stadium is Melbourne Cricket Stadium located in Melbourne, known as MCG. But now the world’s largest stadium is in Ahmedabad and the name of this stadium is Narendra Modi Stadium.
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New look given to the old stadium
Actually, this stadium was in India for many years and many historical matches were also played on it. The name of this stadium was Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium, which was also known as Motera Stadium. But in 2015, it was decided to give a new look to this stadium and at the same time it was decided that it would be made the largest stadium in the world. This stadium was ready after almost five years of hard work. The seating capacity of the spectators in this stadium is now one lakh 32 thousand, while the seating capacity of the spectators in the MCG is 90,000. In February 2021, this stadium was inaugurated by the then President Ram Nath Kovind.
At the same time, in the month of February 2020, the then US President Donald Trump visited India and an event was organized for him in this stadium, which was named ‘Namaste Trump’. During this event, the whole world saw the grandeur of this stadium. The stadium was inaugurated a year later.
Incredible moments 👏👏
The Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modiji and the Honorable Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Anthony Albanese take a lap of honor at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad@narendramodi , @PMOIndia , #TeamIndia , #INDvAUS , @GCAMotera pic.twitter.com/OqvNFzG9MD
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 9, 2023
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Such is the sports complex
Actually, it was given the shape of a huge sports complex, in which the cricket stadium is named after the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, while the entire sports complex is named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The complex has facilities for sports like football, hockey, basketball, kabaddi, boxing, athletics, lawn tennis. It cost about Rs 800 crores to build it. The entire sports complex is spread over 63 acres with three entry points.
Amenities at Narendra Modi Stadium
As far as the cricket stadium is concerned, it has four dressing rooms. Apart from this, there are 76 corporate boxes. The facility of three practice grounds is also present in this stadium. At the same time, Indoor Cricket Academy is also present in this stadium, there is also an Olympic size swimming pool.
The first match between this stadium after renovation was played between India and England in March 2021. Apart from this, IPL matches have also been played in this stadium. Recently the title match of IPL-2023 was also played in this stadium. ODI World Cup is to be played in the hosting of India this year. The venue of the World Cup matches has not been announced but there are reports that this venue is in the shortlist venues and the final can also be held in this stadium.
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