Ind vs Eng 3rd Test: Motera Stadium renamed as Narendra Modi Stadium

Ind vs Eng 3rd Test: Motera Stadium to be renamed after PM Narendra Modi

Ind vs Eng 3rd Test: President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday inaugurated the revamped Motera Stadium which was renamed to Narendra Modi Stadium ahead of the day-night pink-ball Test between India and England. The largest cricket stadium is located in Ahmedabad and can house 1.32 lakh spectators at a given match. It is equipped with many high-tech sporting facilities.

“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,” Kovind said in his address after the inauguration.

“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,” Kovind said in his address after the inauguration.

The President inaugurated the stadium in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju among a host of other dignitaries.

“We have decided to name it after the country’s Prime Minister. It was Modi ji’s dream project,” said Shah after the inauguration.

Here are all the cool features you should know about:

-CAPACITY:

1) The Sardar Patel Motera Stadium is spread across 63 acres. It has dethroned Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of 100,000.

– FOR PLAYERS:

1) It has two practise grounds with nine pitches and another 11 pitches — each diverse in nature.

2) Each dressing room is interconnected to two gym areas and has a spacious warm-up area. Also, there is individual space for trainers, physios and coaches.

– FOR SPECTATORS:

1) The absence of floodlight towers and pillars will give players an unobstructed view of on-field action.

2) During rainy days, the play can resume in 30 minutes, courtesy of its unique drainage system.

3) The 55-room clubhouse has a 3D-mini theatre, gymnasium, an Olympic size swimming pool, squash court and steam and sauna area.

– COMPARED TO OTHER INDIAN STADIUMS:

1) With a capacity of over 100,000, more spectators can be seated in Motera, than in MA Chidambaram (Chennai), Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) and M Chinnasqamy (Bangalore).

 

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