Motera cricket stadium inaugurated by President, renamed as Narendra Modi Stadium

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The Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad has been renamed as Narendra Modi stadium. The stadium was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind forward of the India vs England third Test on Wednesday.

The venue in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad has a capability of 1,10,000, however will enable solely 55,000 followers according to Covid-19 protocol.

Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju mentioned that the newly-built Motera Stadium isn’t just the most important, however additionally it is among the finest stadiums on the earth. A day earlier than the Test match, Rijiju together with BCCI secretary Jay Shah visited the stadium to pay attention to the world-class amenities.

Spread over 63 acres, the stadium has been constructed at an estimated price of Rs 800 crore and with a seating capability for 1,32,000 spectators, it has surpassed the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground which might accommodate 90,000.

“The total area is equivalent to 32 Olympic size soccer fields put together,” said a observe from the Press Information Bureau giving specifics of the big construction.

Amit Shah throughout the inaugural operate at Motera Stadium. (Express photograph by Nirmal Harindran)

The facility, which was closed for renovation in 2015, was witness to some main milestones in Indian cricket in its earlier avatar.

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These included Sunil Gavaskar reaching the ten,000 runs mark in Test cricket towards Pakistan in 1987 and Kapil Dev claiming his 432nd Test wicket to turn out to be the best wicket-taker on the earth in 1994, surpassing Sir Richard Hadlee.

Australian architect agency Populous, which designed the Melbourne Cricket Stadium amongst others, is the architect of the brand new stadium.

With PTI inputs

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