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Preparations for 'Namaste Trump' in final leg at Motera

February 21, 2020 23:58 IST

Preparations are in the final stages for the 'Namaste Trump' event, which United States President Donald Trump is scheduled to jointly address with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the newly-built Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on February 24.

IMAGE: A member of a bomb disposal squad from Gujarat Police uses a sniffer dog to scan the stands at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, where US President Donald Trump is scheduled to address 'Namaste Trump' event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his to visit, in Ahmedabad, on Friday. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

Ahead of the 'Namaste Trump' event, the world's largest stadium was thrown open to the media on Friday.

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has recently given the 'building use' (BU) permission to the mega complex.

 

Before the 'Namaste Trump' event, cultural events will be held at the 1.10-lakh seating capacity stadium, for which several artists, including well-known singer Kailash Kher, have been invited.

"The stadium has many world-class facilities, including a club house with 55 rooms, a gymnasium and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Being the world's largest cricket stadium, it can accommodate 1.10 lakh spectators," Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) vice president, Dhanraj Nathwani, told reporters.

"While the stadium is spread across 64 acres, the total construction area is spread across 1,80,000 square meters," he said.

The new Motera Stadium has been completely rebuilt after demolishing the old one, which was constructed in 1982 and had seating capacity of 49,000 people.

For the 'Namaste Trump' event, when both Trump and Modi are expected to address the crowd in the stadium, several prominent artistes were also invited to entertain the audience.

"We have invited several prominent singers, including Kailash Kher. Gujarati artistes would include Sai Ram Dave, Purushottam Upadhyay, Parthiv Gohil and Kirtidan Gadhvi," Nathwani said, adding that the guest list yet to be prepared.

The GCA has earlier clarified that the 'Namaste Trump' event will not mark the inauguration of the complex.

As per the schedule, Trump and Modi will also take part in a 22-km roadshow before reaching the stadium.

The roadshow will start from the Ahmedabad airport and end at the cricket stadium in Motera after passing along the Sabarmati Ashram.

In a first, the newly built Motera stadium has four dressing rooms for the players to accommodate two cricket matches at the same venue on a single day, officials of the GCA, which owns the stadium, said.

Normally, cricket stadiums have two dressing rooms to accommodate two rival teams during a match.

"But this stadium has four dressing rooms for players. With this facility, we can arrange two consecutive matches (having two teams each) in this stadium. This is first time stadium to have such sports infrastructure," Nathwani said.

Notably, such consecutive matches are now played on one ground during the IPL.

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