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Move over, MCG! Ahmedabad to build world's biggest cricket stadium

January 16, 2017 21:45 IST

The new stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad, which will be completed in two years, will become the biggest cricket stadium in the world with seating capacity of 1.10 lakh.

FILE IMAGE: The Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, in 2014. Photograph: BCCI

Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) vice president Parimal Nathwani, along with other office bearers on Monday laid foundation stone for the 'world's biggest cricket stadium', in Motera, Ahmedabad.

The approximate cost for building the stadium is expected to be Rs 700 crore.

The construction of the new stadium, being built in place of the old 'Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium', is set to be completed in two years.

"Upon completion, this new stadium at Motera will be the biggest cricket stadium in the world with seating capacity of 1.10 lakh, putting behind the Melbourne stadium (in Australia), which accommodates 90,000 spectators," claimed Nathwani.

He also said that noted architect firm M/s. Populous has been roped in as the principle architect to design the stadium.

Incidentally, this is the same firm which had designed the Melbourne Cricket Ground, claimed Nathwani.

He was accompanied by Gujarat Cricket Association joint secretary Jay Shah, son of GCA and BJP chief Amit Shah.

Several other office bearers of GCA along with Gujarat skipper Pathiv Patel, who recently led his team to their maiden Ranji Trophy title, were present on the occasion.

The old stadium, which had seating capacity of 54,000 was razed recently by the GCA to build the new stadium, spread across 63 acres.

"The total cost of the the project is estimated at Rs 700 crore. The stadium will have 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a club house and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Engineering firm 'L&T' has awarded the work to build this stadium through tender process" said Nathwani.

To cope-up with the traffic congestion issues, which is common during matches, Nathwani announced that the stadium will have three entry points instead of one.

"In the new stadium, traffic will be segregated in three directions. Apart from the old Sabarmati to Motera road, there is a planning to integrate Metro Rail, which will pass from here. Third option is to link the Sabarmati Riverfront road with the stadium," said Nathwani.

He also hinted that there is possibility that upon completion the new stadium will have a new name.

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