Ahmedabad: US President Donald Trump arrived in Ahmedabad today for the first leg of his maiden India trip during which he visited Sabarmati Ashram and paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. The next stop was the Motera Stadium, which was brimming with cheers and roars as PM Modi and President Trump addressed the audience. Also Read - Namaste Trump: After Stops in Ahmedabad, Agra, US President Arrives in Delhi
However, as millions of Indians witnessed the star-studded spectacle, the man who built the stadium in 1983, wasn’t present there. Also Read - Day Ahead of Trump’s Visit, VVIP Entry Gate at Motera Stadium Collapses
As per a Mumbai Mirror report, Mrugesh Jaikrishna, who got the original avatar of the stadium constructed in just 8 months and 13 days in 1983, was not invited to today’s show. Also Read - BCCI Shares Stunning Bird's Eye View of Ahmedabad's Motera Stadium
“No, I have not been invited. But the joy in my heart to see Motera become the world’s biggest stadium is 99.9% more than any other feeling. When such a big event is happening at Motera, whether or not I am invited is inconsequential,” Jaikrishna told the newspaper.
Jaikrishna, who is the former VP of the Gujarat Cricket Association, recalled how owing to a lot of issues concerning the the old Sardar Patel stadium, he had reportedly floated the idea of constructing another stadium in Ahmedabad.
His idea was approved in 1982 after the Gujarat government donated 100 acres of land on the banks of the Sabarmati river, and a year later the stadium was completed.
The stadium, which is also known as Sardar Patel Stadium has a capacity to seat 110,000 people and boasts of many world-class facilities, including a club house with 55 rooms, a gymnasium and an Olympic-size swimming pool.