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World’s Biggest Cricket Stadium Renamed After India’s Modi

This {photograph} taken on February 23, 2021 exhibits fogging underway as a precautionary measure on the Sardar Patel Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium, on the eve of the third Test match between India and England, in Motera, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

 

The world’s largest cricket stadium was renamed after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a shock transfer Wednesday hours earlier than its inaugural worldwide match between India and England.

The 110,000-seater stadium was the pet undertaking of Modi who was chief minister in Gujarat state, the place Ahmedabad is the primary metropolis, earlier than taking up as head of presidency in 2014.

The new identify was introduced by President Ramnath Kovind throughout a ceremony forward of the third Test between India and England.

“This stadium was the dream of the prime minister and he had during his stint as chief minister here floated the idea of building the world’s largest stadium,” Home Minister Amit Shah mentioned on the occasion.

The $100-million, completely spherical venue, with seats within the blue and saffron of the Indian group, guarantees unobstructed views from each angle.

It eclipses the 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, which dates again to 1853.

The former Motera stadium was inaugurated because the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Cricket Stadium by Modi in February 2020 when he hosted a mega-rally there with then US president Donald Trump.

Patel, an independence chief, is immortalised by the world’s largest statue, the big Statue of Unity accomplished in 2018 measuring 182 metres (597 ft) — twice the dimensions of the Statue of Liberty — which has struggled to draw guests.

President Kovind mentioned the stadium can be only one a part of an enormous Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave that may home facilities for 33 Olympic sports activities.

Although cricket enjoys huge reputation within the nation of 1.3 billion, India already has greater than a dozen stadiums able to holding worldwide matches.

 

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