The multi-million project of revamping the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Stadium in Motera finally has been completed. The stadium can now hold a capacity of 1,10,000 people, thereby making it the largest cricket stadium in the world.
India played Sri Lanka last in the old Motera stadium in 2014. Since then, no cricketing action has taken place in the stadium where the quarter-final between India and Australia was played in the 2011 World Cup.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), recently, posted a picture of the newly-built stadium, with a picturesque aerial view.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 19, 2020
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 18, 2020
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly was quick to register his emotions after looking at the picture of the stadium from atop.
Lovely to see such a massive ,pretty stadium .. Ahmedabad .. have great memories in this ground as a player ,captain ..grew up at Eden with hundred thousand capacity .. (not any more).. can’t wait to see this on 24th
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) February 19, 2020
“Lovely to see such a massive, pretty stadium .. Ahmedabad .. have great memories in this ground as a player, captain ..grew up at Eden with hundred thousand capacity .. (not anymore).. can’t wait to see this on 24th,” Ganguly replied to the post.
The stadium is all set to topple Melbourne Cricket Ground’s capacity of 1,00,000 to become the largest cricketing arena in the world.
It was revamped at an exorbitant amount of 700 crores and is spread across 63 acres of land area, which will house indoor training area, two cricket grounds, with facilities for swimming, hockey, and football.
As per initial media reports, US President Donald Trump was slated to inaugurate the stadium during his visit to Ahmedabad on February 24. However, the chances of him inaugurating the grand stadium look bleak with reports of him not attending the ceremony.