Australia’s iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is all set to relinquish its title of being the largest cricket ground in the world. The historic stadium has a seating capacity of over 1 lakh and is currently the tenth largest stadium in the world. In its rich history, the MCG has hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics, the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup final.
But from next year, the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad will replace it as the largest cricket ground in the world. The previous stadium was demolished in order to create a theatre-like stadium with a seating capacity more than that of the MCG. Australian company Populous, who are also the architect of the MCG, are the principal architect of the Sardar Patel Stadium too. The stadium is popularly known as Motera Stadium and has hosted international games in the past.
The Sardar Patel Stadium is spread across 63 acres of land. It can accommodate approximately 1.1 lakh cricketing fans, which is double the seating capacity of the previous Motera ground and 10,000 more than what MCG currently holds.
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As per a report in The Week, the stadium has 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, three practice grounds, indoor practice pitches, training center, and a 55-room clubhouse. The stadium has been estimated with construction costs of over INR 700 crores. The stadium will be ready by January 2020.
Unlike the floodlights in most of the stadiums, the Motera ground will have LED lights all over the venue. Meanwhile, reports suggest that a game between India and World XI could be the first game the stadium can host. As of now, more than 90 percent of the work at the stadium has been completed. It is now just a matter of time before the stadium gets ready for its much-awaited unveiling.