The largest cricket stadium’s foundation stone laid in Ahmedabad
Updated - Jan 17, 2017 12:25 pm
Ahmedabad is all set to create history as the city has laid the foundation stone for the “World’s largest cricket stadium”. The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) President Parimal Nathwani disseminated the seeds for the project along with other office bearers. “The total cost of the project is estimated at 700 crores. The stadium will have 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a clubhouse, an Olympic-size swimming pool,” Nathwani was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.
The current stadium in Ahmedabad namely “Sardar Patel Stadium” which also popularly known as the Motera can hold a capacity of 54,000 people. But after the GCA made way for the new project, the new stadium is expected to have a seating capacity of 1.10 lac which will make it the largest stadium in the world according to sitting capacity. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Australia is currently the largest stadium in the world which have a seating capacity of 90,000.
Current the Eden Gardens in Kolkata is the largest stadium in India which can accommodate 66,000 people. The historic stadium’s capacity was cut down during the 2011 World Cup before which the stadium had a seating capacity of 1,000,00. M/s Populous who the architect of the firm which designed MCG which hosted the 2015 World Cup final has been roped in to design the stadium in Ahmedabad.
The stadium has been designed in such a way that there won’t be any problem for the huge number of people entering the stadium during a match. One of the biggest concern would be the traffic congestion during the match days. The Gujarat Cricket Association has decided to quarantine the stadium into three parts so that traffic will be uniformly divided. This will also ensure that such a huge crowd enters the ground without any struggle.
So after many years India is again all set to have the bragging rights for the largest cricket stadium in the world, leaving the iconic MCG behind.