Ahead of the start of the much-awaited pink-ball test match between India and England in Ahmedabad’s newly-constructed world’s largest cricket Stadium with a seating capacity of 1,10,000 has been renamed to Narendra Modi Stadium. Narendra Modi Stadium comes under Sardar Patel Sports Enclave.
President Ram Nath Kovind performed bhumi pujan in the newly revamped Motera Stadium in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah, his son BCCI secretary Jay Shah and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. While, the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, who underwent two sets of angioplasty last month, was not able to be a part of the inauguration ceremony.
In his address after the inauguration, Kovind said 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.
The 1,10,000 capacity stadium is the biggest cricketing venue in the world, surpassing the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. Though the capacity of the stadium has been capped at 50 per cent due to Covid-19 protocols, the 50-plus thousand fans are still expected to light up the stadium as India is set to witness only its second home pink-ball Test.
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Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju lauded the facilities at the Motera Cricket Stadium saying it wasn’t just the largest cricket stadium in the world but also one with all the modern facilities. He said not just for cricket but it’s a proud moment for India. Besides being the largest cricket stadium, it’s also one of the most modern stadiums in the world. Ahmedabad is turning out to be the ‘sports city’ of the country.
The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly also lauded the facilities and the infrastructure of the Motera Stadium. addressing the press conference on Tuesday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said Indians are proud to have the biggest cricket stadium in the world. The infrastructure is very good and the team is excited to play here at Motera Stadium. He also said that the crowd presence does make a big difference. The team feel the pressure too when we play abroad.