Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera Stadium): All You Need to Know About World’s Largest Cricket Stadium

Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera Stadium)
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Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera Stadium): Sardar Patel Stadium is one of the premier cricket stadiums of India, located in the Motera, Ahmedabad and owned by Gujarat Cricket Association. It is a regular venue for Test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODI) matches. It is also known as Motera Stadium. The stadium was reconstructed with an estimated cost of ₹8 Billion overtaking the Melbourne Cricket Ground (Australia) in terms of seating capacity. US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate newly built Cricket Stadium on 24th February 2020.

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After undergoing complete reconstruction after demolition in late 2016, it is now the Largest Cricket Stadium in the world and second largest stadium overall (behind the Rungrado May Day Stadium in North Korea which has a capacity of 114,000) with a seating capacity of 110,000 spectators.

Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera Stadium) History

Formerly known as the Gujarat Stadium, the ground was renamed in tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Before the Motera Stadium came into existence, international cricket matches in the city were played at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s stadium of the same name (Sardar Patel Stadium) in the Navrangpura area. In 1982, the government of Gujarat donated a 100-acre (400,000 m2) stretch of land on the banks of the Sabarmati River for the construction of new stadium. The construction of the Sardar Patel Stadium was carried out in a span of nine months. It had a seating capacity of 54,000. Since then all International cricket fixtures for the city are hosted here. Later in the 1984–85 Australia-India series, Sardar Patel Stadium hosted its first ODI, in which Australia defeated India.Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera Stadium)

Sunil Gavaskar became the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket on this ground — a feat he achieved against Pakistan in 1987. Seven years later, Kapil Dev claimed his 432nd Test wicket on this ground to become the highest wicket taker in the world, breaking Sir Richard Hadlee’s previous record. Prior to achieving this, Kapil Dev took a nine-wicket haul against West Indies at the Motera ground in 1983.  Sachin Tendulkar became the first-ever cricketer to score 18,000 runs in One Day International cricket, in a match against Australia during 2011 Cricket World Cup.

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Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera
Full nameSardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium
Former namesSardar Patel Gujarat Stadium
LocationMotera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
OwnerGujarat Cricket Association
Executive suites76
Capacity110,000 (2020-present)
54,000(1982–2015)
Record attendance51,000 (among the recorded figures. India v Australia, World Cup 2011)
Field size162 yards x 170 yards
Acreage63
SurfaceGrass (Oval)
Construction
Built1982
Expanded2020
Demolished2015 (former)
Construction cost₹800 crore (US$110 million) (reconstruction, 2017-2020)[5]
ArchitectPopulous (reconstruction)
Shashi Prabhu (old site)
General contractorLarsen & Toubro
Tenants
Indian Cricket Team (1983–present)
Gujarat cricket team (1983–present)
Rajasthan Royals (2010 & 2014)
Ground information
LocationMotera
Capacity110,000
OperatorGujarat Cricket Association
End names
Adani Pavilion End
GMDC End
International information
First Test12–16 November 1983:
 India v West Indies
Last Test15–19 November 2012:
 India v England
First ODI5 October 1984:
 India v Australia
Last ODI6 November 2014:
 India v Sri Lanka
Only T20I28 December 2012:
 India v Pakistan
First WODI12 March 2012:
 India v Australia
Last WODI12 April 2013:
 India v Bangladesh
First WT20I22 January 2011:
 India v West Indies
Last WT20I24 January 2011:
 India v West Indies

Seating Capacity:-

Sardar Patel Stadium, with seating capacity of 110,000, will be world’s largest cricket stadium and second largest stadium in the World. The Rungrado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, is the world’s largest stadium with a seating capacity of 114,000.

Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera Stadium)

Construction and reconstruction of the stadium:

The Sardar Patel Stadium came into existence after the Gujarat government donated 100 acres of land on the banks of the Sabarmati river in 1982. The construction work was completed within nine months. Prior to that, international cricket matches were played at Ahmedabad’s Municipal Corporation Stadium. The reconstruction work at Sardar Patel Stadium started in 2016.

Facilities at the stadium:-

The stadium has many world-class facilities, including a club house with 55 rooms, a gymnasium and an Olympic-size swimming pool. The new Motera Stadium is spread across 63 acres and has three entry points. It has 76 corporate boxes with a seating capacity of 25 each.

Test records at Motera Stadium:

Highest innings total: 760-7 (dec) by Sri Lanka against India in second innings on November 16, 2009.
Lowest innings total: 76 by India against South Africa in first innings on April 3, 2008.
Highest individual score: Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene 275 in 435 balls (27 fours and 1 Six).

ODI records at Motera Stadium:

Highest total: 365-2 by South Africa against India on February 27, 2010.
Lowest total: 85 by Zimbabwe against West Indies on October 8, 2006
Highest individual score: Sourav Ganguly’s 144 in 152 ball (8 fours and 6 sixes) during India vs Zimbabwe match on December 5, 2000.

Cricket landmarks at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera:-

Sunil Gavaskar completed 10,000 runs in Tests in 1986–87 against Pakistan.
Kapil Dev surpassed Sir Richard Hadlee’s 431 wickets record in Tests and became highest wicket taker in Test cricket at that time.
In October 1999, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test double-hundred in a match against New Zealand.

Source- Wikipedia

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