President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday inaugurated the Motera Cricket Stadium,which has been renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium, in Ahmedabad in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.The ground, which was earlier named the Sardar Patel Stadium, and more popularly known as the Motera stadium. The stadium boasts a capacity of 1,10,000. President Kovind also performed ‘Bhumi Pujan’ of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave.The Narendra Modi Stadium — the largest cricket ground in the world — will host its first international match on Wednesday, when India will take on England in the Day-Night Test. The stadium will be a part of the planned Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave in the city.
“This stadium was conceptualised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. He was president of the Gujarat Cricket Association at that time,” President Kovind said in his address after the inauguration.”This stadium is an example of eco-friendly development,” he added.
During the inauguration of Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad’s Motera, Home Minister Amit Shah announced the capacity of the stadium is 1.32 lakh not 1.1 lakh as earlier reported. He added the stadium is not only the world’s largest cricket stadium, but also the world’s largest sports stadium. “It can host two different games on the same day!” he added.
“Coupled with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave and Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, a sports complex will also be built in Naranpura. These three will be equipped to host any international sports event,” Home Minister Amit Shah said at the event. “Ahmedabad will be known as the ‘sports city’ of India,” he added.
Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju earlier lauded the facilities at the Narendra Modi Stadium saying it wasn’t just the largest cricket stadium in the world but also one with all the modern facilities.
“Not just for cricket but it’s a proud moment for India. Besides being the largest cricket stadium, it’s also one of the most modern stadiums in the world. Ahmedabad is turning out to be the ‘sports city’ of the country: Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju in Motera, Gujarat,” Rijiju said.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly also lauded the facilities and the infrastructure of the Narendra Modi Stadium.
“Will miss being at the stadium today ..what an effort it must have been to create this ..pink test was our dream and it’s going be the 2nd one in india.hope to see full stands like last time. Under the leadership of Honble Prime minister @narendramodi Amit Shah @AmitShah,” Ganguly wrote in a tweet.