World's biggest cricket stadium takes shape in India

Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad.
Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad.

Ahmedabad - The world's biggest cricket stadium, with space for 110 000 spectators, is taking shape in India and is likely to host its first international match early next year.

The new stadium in Ahmedabad, built at a cost of around $100 million, will seat more fans than Australia's Melbourne Cricket Ground which can accommodate around 100 000 spectators.

According to reports, the Sardar Patel stadium is expected to host its first match in March with an exhibition game between an Asia XI and a World XI as the inaugural game.

The stadium will have more than 70 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a clubhouse and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Its construction began in January 2017.

It will overtake Kolkata's Eden Gardens, currently India's biggest stadium with a capacity of 66 000 - down from 100 000 after a major rebuilding project.

India, the world's top-ranked Test team, has more than a dozen stadiums capable of holding international cricket matches. Test matches, however, often attract sparse crowds.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
South Africa 146/6
England 147/6
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 10072 votes
Cricket
11% - 2704 votes
Football
19% - 4549 votes
Athletics
2% - 596 votes
Boxing
1% - 228 votes
Cycling
2% - 553 votes
Golf
5% - 1186 votes
Motorsport
8% - 2000 votes
Tennis
3% - 813 votes
Water sports
1% - 214 votes
American sports
1% - 298 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 776 votes
Vote