SARDAR PATEL STADIUM
The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) is all set to construct world’s largest cricket stadium at Motera, Ahmedabad. Parimal Nathwani, the vice-president of GCA laid the foundation stone for the new Sardar Patel Stadium on Monday, January 16, 2017.
In fact, the construction cost of the new stadium will be Rs 700 crore. As per expectations, It would take two years to complete the construction works. Country’s premier construction company Larsen & Toubro bagged the contract for construction.
BIGGER THAN MCG
Moreover, once completed this would be the largest cricket stadium in terms of seating capacity that can accommodate 1.10 lakh spectators. As a matter of fact, Sardar Patel Stadium will surpass the world’s largest cricket stadium – Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) located in Australia which has a seating capacity of 1 lakh.
The old Sardar Patel stadium, which had a seating capacity of 54,000 was demolished recently by the GCA to build the new stadium. The stadium will spread across 63 acres of land in Motera. The world-renowned architect firm M/s. Populous who designed the Melbourne Cricket Ground designed this new stadium as well.
Commenting on the new stadium, the vice-president of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), Parimal Nathwani said as follows,
There will be a concourse to connect the entire stadium for pedestrian and vehicular movement. Moreover, the new clubhouse will be equipped with 50-55 rooms and an Olympic-size swimming pool.
Above all, the new design eased the entry, stay and exit processes. Also, more emphasis is given to facilitate guided tours of the cricket museum. In addition to that, other key facilities like eateries, fan-zones and washrooms will be of top notch quality. Moreover, the parking lot is capable of accommodating 3,000 cars and 10,000 two wheelers.
Meanwhile, Nathwani also told that the stadium will have three entry points instead of one so as to overcome traffic congestions during matches and addressed:
In the new stadium, traffic will be segregated in three directions. Apart from the old Sabarmati to Motera road, there is a planning to integrate Metro Rail, which will pass from here. The third option is to link the Sabarmati Riverfront road with the stadium.
The new stadium will have 76 corporate boxes and there will not be any column construction so that one can view the match from any corner of the stadium without obstructions.
So finally, the dream project of our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pitch-started!!!