Just in case you thought our government was pulling a fast one on us about the ‘world’s largest stadium in India’, it’s really not doing so and it’s certainly not a myth!
Yes, there wasn’t much news from the site but we’ve just managed to get hold of some pictures from the stadium construction site and we’re literally awe-struck!
The 700 crore ($100 million) stadium was given a green signal at the beginning of 2017, when a few prominent officials were called upon in Motera Ahmedabad, on January 16, 2017, to take part in the foundation-stone-laying ceremony of the new stadium. Now, two years later, we’re getting a glimpse into some solid construction work that’s gone into the stadium.
The Gujarat Cricket Association Vice-President, Parimal Nathwani tweeted out pictures of the construction in which he clearly stated that this is the dream project of the state cricket board and after it’s completion, it will become a symbol of pride for India.
Take a look:
World’s Largest Cricket Stadium, larger than #Melbourne, is under construction at #Motera in #Ahmedabad,#Gujarat. Once completed the dream project of #GujaratCricketAssociation will become pride of entire India. Sharing glimpses of construction work under way. @BCCI @ICC #
The stadium will be built across 63 acres of land, with a final budget cost of INR 700 crores, with the help of L&T and Populous, who have been given the construction tender and the opportunity to design it, respectively.
The infrastructure, so far, includes three practice grounds and an indoor cricket academy, inside the stadium. As further told to a popular publication, the parking area will accommodate about 3,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers!
The stadium also boasts of having 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a club-house and an Olympic -size swimming pool! Talk about having it all, eh?
The stadium vouches to take over from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Eden Gardens in Kolkata, in every sphere. Especially in terms of capacity, seating (it can seat over 1 lakh people) and other spatial parameters, once it’s fully constructed.
Well, here’s hoping the stadium is absolutely up and ready and in full swing by 2023, while India hosts both the Cricket World Cup and the largest cricket ground in the world!