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.
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 name||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium|
|Former names||Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium|
|Location||Motera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat|
|Owner||Gujarat Cricket Association|
|Record attendance||51,000 (among the recorded figures. India v Australia, World Cup 2011)|
|Field size||162 yards x 170 yards|
|Construction cost||₹800 crore (US$110 million) (reconstruction, 2017-2020)|
Shashi Prabhu (old site)
|General contractor||Larsen & Toubro|
|Indian Cricket Team (1983–present)|
Gujarat cricket team (1983–present)
Rajasthan Royals (2010 & 2014)
|Operator||Gujarat Cricket Association|
|Adani Pavilion End|
|First Test||12–16 November 1983:|
India v West Indies
|Last Test||15–19 November 2012:|
India v England
|First ODI||5 October 1984:|
India v Australia
|Last ODI||6 November 2014:|
India v Sri Lanka
|Only T20I||28 December 2012:|
India v Pakistan
|First WODI||12 March 2012:|
India v Australia
|Last WODI||12 April 2013:|
India v Bangladesh
|First WT20I||22 January 2011:|
India v West Indies
|Last WT20I||24 January 2011:|
India v West Indies
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.
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.