Cricketers from India and England shared posts on social media, admiring the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad which will host the last two Tests of the ongoing series.
After both teams won a Test each in Chennai, the four-match series will shift to Ahmedabad where the newly-built Motera Stadium will host its first international match.
“The newly-installed LED floodlights at the refurbished Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera will eliminate shadows, making it easier to spot the aerial balls. The world’s largest cricket stadium will also have 11 centre strips, which is also unique, along with never-before heard four dressing rooms with in-built gymnasium,” said Gujarat Cricket Association’s joint secretary Anil Patel during a media tour of the stadium recently.
The Motera stadium has undergone extensive renovation. With a seating capacity of 1,10,000, which is more than Melbourne Cricket Ground, the GCA will put up around 55,000 tickets on sale for the next two Test matches at the venue.
Recently, the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy’s knock-outs were held at the Motera.
“We are the only stadium in the world with same soil being used for practice as well as centre strips,” Patel said. “Instead of mast lights, we have installed LED lights on the entire circular roof for better visibility and to eliminate shadows.”
Patel also said that state-of-the-art drainage system will help the ground dry up in quick time in case of a heavy downpour.
“Sand has been used underneath the grass. This along with a state-of-the-art drainage system will remove the rain water very quickly in comparison to other regular grounds. Even in case of 8 cm of rainfall during a match, the water would drain out very fast. This will reduce the chances of matches being cancelled due to rain,” said Patel.
He added that equipment worth Rs 2 crore were purchased just for the upkeep of the ground.
The stadium, spread in an area of 63 acres, also has six indoor pitches with bowling machines. This is in addition to the outdoor practice pitches and two practice grounds with a small pavilion area, said Patel.
“This is the only stadium in the world with four dressing rooms for the players. Each dressing room has a state-of-the-art gymnasium among other amenities. The stadium also has a clubhouse with 50 deluxe rooms and five suites,” said Patel.
(With inputs from PTI)