Ahmedabad: President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the world’s largest cricket arena, the renovated Sardar Patel Stadium, now known as Narendra Modi Stadium – renamed after the country’s prime minister.
“This stadium was designed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Prime Minister of Gujarat. He was President of the Gujarat Cricket Association at the time,” said Kovind in his inaugural address.
The President inaugurated the stadium in the presence of Interior Minister Amit Shah and Sport Minister Kiren Rijiju among a host of other dignitaries.
“We decided to name it after the country’s prime minister. It was Modi Ji’s dream project,” said Shah after the inauguration.
The president also led broke ground for a sports complex in the stadium, which is known as the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel sports enclave, for disciplines such as football, hockey, basketball, kabbadi, among others , Boxing and lawn tennis.
“I am confident that this enclave will give Ahmedabad a new global identity in terms of world-class sports infrastructure,” said Kovind.
The cricket stadium will be the third test between India and England will open a day-night game starting Wednesday and the fourth and final game of the series will be played on March 4th.
“I’m confident the facilities here will help the players perform better “said the president.
” Many of our players come from small towns and have difficulties. Players encouraged by GCA include well-known names like Jasprit Bumrah and Axar Patel, “he added.
The stadium covers 63 acres and was built at an estimated cost of Rs.800, with a seating capacity of 1.32,000 Spectators have surpassed the sacred Melbourne Cricket Ground, which can seat 90,000.
“The total area equals 32 assembled Olympic-sized football fields,” said a press release from the Press Information Bureau detailing the enormous structure .
The facility, which closed for renovations in 2015, witnessed some major milestones in Indian cricket in its previous Avatar.
These included Sunil Gavaskar, who hit 10,000 in Cricket Test against Pakistan in 1987 And Kapil Dev, who in 1994 claimed his 432nd test wicket was the highest wicket taker in the world, surpassing Sir Richard Hadlee.
The Australian architecture The Populous office, which designed the Melbourne Cricket Stadium among other things, is the architect of the new stadium.
It has 11 seats made of red and black flooring and is the only stadium in the world that has the same floor space for the main and Has practice fields.
“As children, we always dreamed of the largest stadium in the world in India. And now, as Minister of Sports, I’m lucky that this has finally happened, “said Rijiju at the inauguration.
Players from India and England who have trained here over the past few days have expressed their admiration for what they witnessed in the arena.
The floor claims to have a drainage system that takes only 30 minutes from the time it stops raining to drain the water.
Are in place of high-mast floodlights LED lights installed on the roof edge of the pitch provide shadowless light – the first of its kind in India.
This is the only cricket stadium in the world that has four changing rooms for the players, so that matches can be played on the same day in a row Can be played.
It also has a cricket academy, indoor practice areas and two separate practice areas with a small pavilion.
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