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World’s biggest cricket stadium to be built in Western India

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

The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has moved forward with plans to transform the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad - more commonly referred to as Motera Stadium - into world’s largest cricket stadium.

The GCA awarded the contract to builders Larsen & Toubro (L&T) – who were awarded the contract for Qatar’s Al Rayyan Stadium and Precinct alongside JV partner Al Balagh earlier this year – to begin work on construction of the new cricket stadium.

The old structure has already been demolished, making way a new venue with a seating capacity, capable of housing some 110,000 spectators, taking over from the MCG which has a capacity of just over 100,000.

In 2008, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) unveiled plans to build a new stadium in Chennai, with a seating capacity of more than 100,000. 

A statement from the GCA advised “ 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.

“The new stadium will boast an improved infrastructure for spectators, along with an increased number of air-conditioned corporate hospitality boxes/luxury suites, in addition to enhanced parking facilities. Other key facilities will include top-notch eateries, fan zones and washrooms. The entry, stay and exit processes will also be smoothed out and emphasis will be given to facilitate guided tours of the cricket museum.”

The new stadium is expected to be completed by early 2019.

Ahmedabad is located 520 kilometres north on Mumbai, India’s commercial capital.

The former the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium, with its six pavilions, offered a capacity of 54,000.

Image: Artist's impression of the new venue.

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