AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Cricket Association came a step closer to make the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad the biggest cricket stadium in the world in terms of seating capacity when, on Thursday, they handed the contract to Larsen & Turbo (L&T) to begin work for the makeover. GCA vice-president Parimal Nathwani gave a letter of acceptance to L&T top officials in presence of key GCA officials.
A dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the leadership of GCA president Amit Shah, the old structure has already been razed and work will now begin to build a new stadium which will house 1,10,000 people, the biggest in terms of seating capacity. With this, the new Motera Stadium will surpass the humongous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which can hold 100,024 people.
“The ground is ready to be handed over to the construction company. The new stadium, when completed, will be the largest cricket stadium in the world which will be made to meet all the latest the international standards,” a GCA press release said. The new stadium will have improved infrastructure for the spectators with an increase in the number of air-conditioned boxes and up-gradation of the parking facilities.
The entry, stay and exit processes will be smoothed and emphasis will be given to facilitate guided tours of the cricket museum. Other facilities key facilities like eateries, fan-zones and washrooms will be of absolute top notch quality. “In the next two years, the new structure will be ready,” GCA secretary Rajesh Patel told TOI. Presently the stadium with its six pavilions has a capacity of 54,000.
The project is set to be a landmark event in the history of GCA and cricket world. The venue will have two practice grounds adjacent to it. A place for playing football is also planned to be set up in the vicinity of the Motera stadium. A training club, GCA Club, is also expected to be set up at the venue. When the venture finally gets completed, it will enter the record books as the largest cricket stadium in the world.
BY : TNN