After the launch of Statue of Unity, Gujarat is on its way to break another world record by introducing the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad with the makeover of the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad that will cost about Rs 700 crores.
Developing such a massive sports facility in Ahmedabad was the brainchild of PM Narendra Modi and is being led by the Gujarat Cricket Association. Execution of the plan to develop the world’s largest cricket stadium kick started when the foundation stone of the stadium, sprawled over 63 acres of land with a capacity to seat almost 1.10 lakh people was laid in January 2018. Larson & Toubro (L&T) has been given the tender for construction of the property and renowned architecture firm M/s Populous will be responsible for all the architectural and designing aspects. Populous is the international company that has been is credited with designing the Melbourne Stadium
The stadium that will be spread in 63 acres of land will have four luxurious dressing rooms, a clubhouse with over 50 rooms, 76 corporate boxes, a gargantuan swimming pool, and an indoor cricket training academy. Besides this, stadium’s parking will be able to accommodate about 3,000 four-wheeler cars and up to 10,000 two-wheeler vehicles inside the facility. The architectural design has been finalized in a way where direct patrons will fill the lower levels for smaller events which will help maintain the spectator atmosphere despite the seating bowl not being full. Clear segregation between vehicular movement on the ground level and pedestrian movement on a level above has been made to tackle the evident problem of congestion – another modern architecture marvel indeed.