The Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Ahmedabad, also known as Motera Stadium, has notched up quite a few claims to fame since it arrived on the cricket map in 1983. It was here, in 1987, that cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar scored his 10,000th Test run, becoming the first batsman to reach the milestone. Around seven years later, Kapil Dev broke Richard Hadlee's world record of 431 Test wickets.
"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," Parimal Nathwani, Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) vice-president, tweeted on Saturday.
According to News18, the foundation stone of the new stadium was laid in January 2018. GCA handed the stadium project to Larson & Toubro (L&T) - the other bidders in the race were Shapoorji Pallonji and Nagarjun Construction Company - while renowned architecture firm M/s Populous was given the charge of designing the stadium. It is, incidentally, the same firm that had designed the Melbourne stadium.
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#cricketpic.twitter.com/WbeoCXNqRJ- Parimal Nathwani (@mpparimal) January 6, 2019
When the new stadium comes up, Gujarat will boast two world-record holding attractions - last October the state unveiled the world's largest statue, the 182-metre Statue of Unity, which now attracts about 30,000 people every day.