Motera Stadium: World’s largest Cricket Stadium in Gujarat (Capacity: 110,000+)

Motera Stadium in Gujarat is famous as the world’s largest cricket stadium in the world. This stadium will be inaugurated by US President Donald Trump in Feb 2020.

The audience capacity of this new Motera Stadium will be 1.10 lacs+. The project’s estimated cost is pegged at Rs 700 crore and it would cover approx. 63 acres of land.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australian also simply known as “The G”, is the world’s largest cricket stadium in the world. This stadium has an audience capacity of around 1,00,024 and the Field size is 171 m x 146 m.

But the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Ahmedabad will snatch this tag from MCG because now the Motera Stadium is going to be the world’s largest cricket stadium soon.

Let’s read some interesting facts about this new world’s largest cricket stadium.

1. The foundation stone of the Motera Stadium was laid in January 2018 and it is expected to be completed in 2020.

Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) handed the stadium project to Larson & Toubro (L&T) while its designing will be done by the architecture firm M/s Populous; the same firm that had designed the Melbourne stadium.

2. The capacity of the stadium will be around 1.10 lacs audiences which will surpass the Melbourne stadium which has the capacity of around 100,024 viewers.

As of now the Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is reportedly at number 2 with the capacity of 66,000 which would be pushed to 3rd position. Currently, the audience capacity of this Motera stadium is around 54,000.

3. This new stadium will be dispersed in 63 acres. This stadium would comprise a clubhouse with over 50 rooms, 3 practice grounds for cricketers, 4 dressing rooms, 76 corporate boxes, an Olympic size swimming pool, an indoor cricket training academy a parking area that can accommodate around 3,000 four-wheeler cars and up to 10,000 two-wheelers.

4. Motera Stadium became operational in 1983 and became popular when in 1987 when Sunil Gavaskar scored his 10,000th Test run on this ground. He was the first batsman to reach the milestone.

5. On the same Motera ground Indian legend, Kapil Dev had broken Richard Hadlee’s world record of 431 Test wickets.

6. The legendary Sachin Tendulkar had scored his first double century on this ground in 1999.

7. After the completion of this stadium, India will have a total of 5 largest stadiums from the list of top 10 largest stadiums in the world.

Cricket in India is always treated as the religion that is why even test matches attract a lot of crowds here. As we know that India has bid to host the 2023 Cricket World Cup. So it is the need of the hour to construct world-class cricket stadiums in the country. The construction or up-gradation of the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera is a good step in this direction.

1. Melbourne Cricket Ground
Located: Melbourne, Australia
Built: 1853
Spectator Capacity: 1, 00,024

The Melbourne Cricket Ground, located in Melbourne, Australia, is the world’s biggest cricket stadium with its 1, 00,024 viewers capacity. The first cricket test Match was played at this stadium on 15th to 19th March, 1877.

2. Eden Gardens
Located: Kolkata, India
Built: 1864
Spectator Capacity: 66,349

Eden Gardens is also known as the “Mecca of Indian cricket” and it is India’s most popular and largest cricket stadium. The first cricket match was organized at this stadium between India and England as a Test match on 5th to 8th January, 1934.

3. Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium
Located: Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Built: 2008
Spectator Capacity: 65,000

India’s former Cricket Captain Sunil Gavaskar has described this stadium as one of the best stadiums in the world. The first cricket match at this stadium was played in 2010 as a practice match between National cricket team of Canada and Chhattisgarh Ranji team. There is no international cricket match played in this stadium yet.

4. Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Located: Hyderabad, India
Built: 2003
Spectator Capacity: 60,000

The first cricket match was held in this stadium on 12th to 16th November, 2010 between India and New Zealand as a Test match. This stadium is the home ground of IPL team Sunrise Hyderabad.

5. Greenfield International Stadium
Located: Trivandrum, India
Built: 2014
Spectator Capacity: 55,000

Located in Trivandrum (Kerala), in this stadium football matches are also organized in addition to cricket. In this stadium first cricket match was held between India and New Zealand on 7th November, 2017 as a T20 match.

6. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Located: Kochi, India
Built: 1996
Spectator Capacity: 55,000

Located in Kochi, Kerala, this stadium is used for conducting football matches besides cricket. The first cricket match played in this stadium between India and Australia at 1st April 1998, as ODI match.

7. DY Patil Sports Stadium
Located: Navi Mumbai, India
Built: 2008
Spectator Capacity: 55,000

Located in Navi Mumbai, this stadium is also used for organizing football matches along with cricket. There is no international cricket match played in this stadium yet. The final matches of IPL 2008 and 2010 was held at this stadium.

8. Adelaide Oval
Located: Adelaide, Australia
Built: 1871
Spectator Capacity: 53,583

Due to its oval shape, this stadium is called Oval. The first cricket match at this stadium was played between Australia and England as a Test match on 12th to 16th December, 1884.

9. Ekana International Cricket Stadium
Located: Lucknow, India
Built: 2017
Spectator Capacity: 50,000

Not a single international cricket match has been organized so far in this stadium. The first cricket match held at this stadium was league match of Dilip Trophy 2017-18.

10. Docklands Stadium
Located: Melbourne, Australia
Built: 2000
Spectator Capacity: 47,000

Located in Melbourne, at Docklands Stadium apart from cricket, other sports are also organized. The first cricket match at this stadium was held between Australia and South Africa on 16th August, 2000 as ODI match.

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