Surprisingly, a new name was announced by President Ramnath Kovind during a ceremony ahead of the third Test between India and England.
The world’s largest cricket stadium has been renamed in honor of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a surprise gesture, hours before his inaugural international match between India and England.
The 110,000-seat stadium in Motera, outside Ahmedabad, Gujarat, had been Modi’s favorite project during his tenure as chief minister of that state before taking over as head of the national government in 2014.
The new name was announced by President Ramnath Kovind at a ceremony leading up to the Third Test between India and England.
“This stadium was the prime minister’s dream and he had, during his time as chief minister here, pitched the idea of building the largest stadium in the world,” Interior Minister Amit Shah said at the time. of the event.
The renovated Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad was renamed after the PM to Narendra Modi stadium
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The perfectly round, $ 100 million venue, with seats in Team India’s blue and rudder, promises unobstructed views from every angle.
It eclipses the 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, which dates back to 1853.
The former Motera stadium was inaugurated as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Cricket Stadium by Modi in February 2020 when he held a rally with then-US President Donald Trump.
Patel, an independence leader, is immortalized in the Statue of Unity of Gujarat, the tallest statue in the world, built in 2018 and measuring 182 meters (597 feet) – twice the size of the Statue of Liberty – which was struggled to attract visitors.
President Kovind said the stadium will be only part of a huge Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel sports enclave that will house facilities for 33 Olympic sports.
Although cricket enjoys enormous popularity in the 1.3 billion country, India already has more than a dozen stadiums capable of hosting international matches.