Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

US President Trump to attend inauguration of world’s largest cricket stadium during upcoming Indian visit

US President Trump to attend inauguration of world’s largest cricket stadium during upcoming Indian visit
February 12, 2020

US President Donald Trump is to attend an inauguration event for the world’s largest cricket venue, the 110,000 capacity Motera Stadium in the city of Ahmedabad, during his upcoming trip to India.

With President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to visit India on 24th and 25th February, the White House has confirmed the trip will include taking in the new stadium.

The President and First Lady are scheduled to travel to the Indian capital of New Delhi and Ahmedabad, in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat.

The trip is designed to further strengthen the United States-India strategic partnership, with the Motera Stadium event reportedly set to echo the ‘Howdy Modi’ public reception staged for the Indian Prime Minister in Houston during his visit to the USA in September.

President Trump participated in that event, which was attended by around 50,000 people, mostly Indian-Americans.

Under construction since January 2017, the Populous-designed venue is being built in collaboration with India’s top contractor, Larsen & Toubro and will be home to the Gujarat Cricket Association.

Indian newspaper The Hindu said President Trump’s visit will begin with the stadium ceremony, which will reportedly include a series of cultural pieces curated by “high-profile agencies and artistes”.

The state government of Gujarat is said to have directed that the 110,000-seat stadium bowl be filled, with an additional 15,000 people able to sit on the field.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, President Trump said Prime Minister Modi had told him at the weekend that millions of people will welcome him on the journey from the airport to the Stadium, comparing that to the 40,000-50,000 crowd that he claimed attended a rally in New Hampshire on Monday.

Once complete, Motera Stadium is set to replace the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a seating capacity of 95,000, as the world’s biggest cricket venue. Eden Gardens in Kolkata is currently India’s largest cricket ground with a capacity of 62,000.

The new venue will have 76 corporate boxes, four-team dressing rooms and associated facilities, a state-of-the-art clubhouse and an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Image: The new Motera Stadium, courtesy of the Gujarat Cricket Association.

Related Articles

22nd December 2019 - ICC continues partnership with UNICEF for Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

15th November 2019 - Pakistan to again host Test cricket after 10 year gap

10th September 2019 - New report highlights the impact of climate change on cricket

8th January 2019 - Development advances on world’s largest cricket stadium

11th December 2018 - Polytan transforms Kalinga Stadium India for 2018 Mens Hockey World Cup

7th November 2018 - Bank takes control of Indian cricket stadium

8th June 2018 - Australian scandal leads ICC Cricket Committee to recommend stronger sanctions for ball-tampering

22nd December 2017 - Indian Government looks to privatise major stadia

7th July 2017 - Populous explains how technology will transform future stadium experiences

14th December 2016 - World’s biggest cricket stadium to be built in Western India

10th March 2016 - Asian Cricket Council reveals plans for Indian-based Centre of Excellence

4th February 2013 - Himalayan stadium reaches new heights

17th January 2013 - New Indian cricket stadium makes proud debut

26th September 2012 - Populous to design India’s most prestigious convention centre

9th August 2011 - Indian Government Audit report slams ‘flawed’ Delhi Games

16th September 2008 - India to build World’s largest cricket stadium


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Hydrocare Pool Services

Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 30 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Technology

 
 

@leisure Planners

@leisure is a team of experienced leisure, aquatic and sports facility managers and planners, with market modelling, sports management, recreation planning, business and GIS qualifications. We have…

read more

Consultants

 
 

Pricemark Pty Ltd

Pricemark supplies a wide range of custom branded membership & RFID access products for the Health & Leisure Industry. 

read more

Access

 
 

THE FITNESS GENERATION

The Fitness Generation is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Anti Wave International

Anti Wave International is the original suppliers of top performance swim, aquatic sports, leisure and pool programming equipment. Founded in 1971, Anti Wave International is proud of its…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Sport

 
 
 

Clubware

Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business