The Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, also known as Motera Stadium, is considered among the best cricket stadiums in the country. It will also soon become the largest cricket stadium in the world. The stadium is currently undergoing construction for a big scale renovation and will most likely be ready by early 2020.
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 #cricket pic.twitter.com/WbeoCXNqRJ— Parimal Nathwani (@mpparimal) January 6, 2019
At the moment, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is the largest cricket stadium in the world and the tenth-largest stadium overall. It has a seating capacity of over 1 lakh and among the big events, it hosted the 1992 and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Finals. The ground has also hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
After the complete re-construction of Sardar Patel Stadium, the ground will overtake the MCG as a cricket stadium with the biggest seating capacity. It will approximately accommodate 1.1 lakh people as opposed to the MCG’s capacity of 1 lakh. It will also double the capacity of the previous Motera ground which could hold only 49,000 people.
The work is slated to be completed by January 2020 and the overall construction of the stadium cost over ₹700 crores. According to a media report, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are planning to organise a T20 game between the Indian team and World XI as a first match in the newly developed stadium.
The last time Team India played an international game at the Motera was in 2014 when India faced Sri Lanka for an ODI match.