Narendra Modi Stadium, formerly known as the Motera Stadium
Cricket stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It is the world’s largest cricket stadium by capacity, accommodating 132,000 spectators. The stadium is owned and operated by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA).
The stadium was inaugurated in 1982 and has hosted a number of major cricket tournaments, including the Cricket World Cup (1983, 2011), the T20 World Cup (2016), and the Indian Premier League (IPL). The stadium has also been used for other sporting events, such as football and hockey matches, as well as concerts and other cultural events.
Highlights of the Narendra Modi Stadium:
- World’s largest cricket stadium by capacity.
- Only cricket stadium in the world to have four dressing rooms.
- Only cricket stadium in the world to have a drainage system that allows for a match to resume within 30 minutes of rain.
- Only cricket stadium in the world to have a 360-degree LED floodlighting system.
- Only cricket stadium in the world to have a 110-meter-high pavilion with a roof that can be opened or closed in 15 minutes.
- Only cricket stadium in the world to have a cricket museum.
Narendra Modi Stadium has hosted a number of memorable cricket matches
- India’s victory over the West Indies in the 1983 Cricket World Cup final
- India’s victory over England in the 2011 Cricket World Cup final
- India’s victory over England in the 2016 T20 World Cup semi-final
- Gujarat Titans’ victory over Chennai Super Kings in the 2023 IPL final
The Narendra Modi Stadium is a world-class cricket stadium that has set new standards for stadium design and construction. It is a must-visit for any cricket fan, and it is sure to continue to host many more memorable cricket matches in the years to come.
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