Motera stadium, Ahmedabad

MOTERA STADIUM, AHMEDABAD

DANDIYA DANCE, GUJARAT 

Ahmedabad city with a population of 7.4 million was once the Capital ( 1960-70) of the vibrant Gujarat state.  It is also called “Manchester of India “ as the Textile industry is booming in this city.  Gandhiji’s  famous Sabarmati Ashram is situated on Sabarmati river. This city was famous for India’s freedom struggle including Gandhiji’s Satyagraha.

MOTERA STADIUM, AHMEDABAD

The stadium was built in 1982 when Gujarat government had sanctioned 100 acres of land on the banks of River Sabarmati river on the outskirts of the Amedabad city. . Construction was completed in 9 months.  And the first international match played here was a Test match in 1983 between India & West Indies.

World’s Largest Cricket stadium, Motera Stadium, Ahmedbad

RECONSTRUCTION

The reconstruction of the stadium started in 2017 and completed in Feb.2020 at a cost of Rs. 7 billion in a bowl shape. .  The new Motera stadium is spread over 63 acres and has 3 entry points . The stadium with 1,10,000 capacity is the World’s largest cricket stadium.

FACILITIES

  • A  club house  with 55 ROOMS
  • A  Gymnasium 
  • Olympic size Swimming Pool
  • Party Hall
  • 3D Projector theatre
  • 76 Corporate Boxes with a seating capacity of 25 each
  • 4 Team Dressing rooms
  • Food court and hospitality area in each stand
  • Stadium also houses a Cricket Academy and Indoor practice facilities
  • LED lights are installed on the roof, which is a first in India
  • Parking area has space for 3000 cars & 10,000 bikes
  • The structure eliminated the need of Pillars for giving spectators an unobstructed view of the stadium
  • Physiotheraphy and hydrotherapy system placed inside the stadium which can provide treatment to injured players on the field itself
  • The stadium is designed in such a way that if any player plays a shot, then all the spectators on the field can watch it without any interruption
  • The stadium also has a huge ramp designed to facilitate movement of around 60,000 people simultaneously
  • It is the FIRST GREEN STADIUM of India with 100% LED lights
  • Rainwater Harvesting capacity of 32 lakh litres and 11 acres area planted with rich bio-diversity
  • The stadium exists in Tiers to accommodate smaller events and maintain the atmosphere for spectators even when the bowl is not full
  • Separate facilities for Disabled persons is available
  • As Ahmedabad city is prone to earthquake, rings float between the bowl and roof via radical spokes to allow for movement in time of seismic activity (earthquake).

SOIL & DRAINAGE SYSTEM

  • 11 pitches with both red & black soil are laid which will be bouncy , spin friendly or mix of both
  • The ground will be ready in 30 minutes after the rain
  • This stadium also has used sub surface drainage system which will enable the ground to get ready in quick time to start the match

BEST MOMENTS 

  • Sunil Gavaskar completed 10,000 runs in Tests in 1986-87 Vs Pakistan
  • Kapil Dev surpassed Sir Richard Hadlee’s 431 wickets
  • Sachin Tendulkar scored his first double century in Tests Vs Newzeland in 1999 and also became the first ever cricketer to score 18,000 runs in ODI in a match here vs Australia during WC 2011
  • Kapil Dev took 9/83 against West Indies in 1983, a record for an Indian fast bowler

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