With Motera Stadium hosting its first ever international match after undergoing major redevelopment that saw it become the world’s biggest cricket venue by capacity, Home Minister Amit Shah announced that the venue is being renamed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read - Batting Legend Rahul Dravid to Speak at MIT Sports Analytics Conference
The decision was announced as President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday inaugurated the venue which can accommodate over 1,00,000 spectators for a live event. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju was also present at the occasion among a host of other dignitaries. Also Read - Ollie Pope Reveals Virat Kohli's Warning During 1st Test Between India And England: This is The Last of The Flat Wickets
“We have decided to name it after the country’s Prime Minister. It was Modi ji’s dream project,” said Shah after the inauguration. The stadium is spread over 63 acres and has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore with a reported seating capacity for 1,32,000 spectators and it has overtaken the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which can accommodate 90,000 fans. Also Read - IPL 2021: Ben Stokes Hits Back at Troll For Accusing Him of Giving Preference to IPL Over England Cricket Team
“The total area is equivalent to 32 Olympic size soccer fields put together,” a note from the Press Information Bureau stated. While few have welcomed the decision to rename it after Modi, there are others who are unhappy with the move.
As expected, Twitter soon turned into a battleground for the opposing parties.
The stadium is the only venue in the world currently to have four dressing rooms. It has its own cricket academy, several indoor practice pitches, and two separate practice grounds with small pavilion area.