Ahead of the third Test between India and England, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind formally inaugurated the iconic venue and World’s Largest Stadium on Wednesday at the Motera Stadium. Interestingly, the President converted the Motera Stadium into the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devrat, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah were also present on the occasion of the Inauguration of World’s Largest Stadium.
Commenting on the renaming of the stadium, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, “As CM, Gujarati’s should make progress in both the sports and the armed forces. He accepted GCA responsibilities at my request and promoted sports here. His vision is to build the largest cricket stadium in the world here. The 1,32,000-seat stadium is known as the Narendra Modi Stadium.”
“A sports complex will also be constructed at Naranpura in association with the Narendra Modi Stadium at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave & Motera. These three are set to host international sports events. Ahmedabad is known as the ‘Sports City’ of India.” Spread over 63 acres, the stadium houses a total of 76 corporate boxes, an Olympic-level swimming pool, an indoor academy, four dressing rooms for athletes, and a food court.
After the stadium name was changed, people started reacting on social media and they were divided on the whole thing. Some are fine with it, others it is not the right thing to do. It has become the largest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity of 1,32,000 and will host the Pink-Ball (D/N) Test between India and England from Wednesday.
This is the first time that LED lights have been installed on the grounds of an Indian cricket stadium. Not only this, Narendra Modi Stadium is the only stadium with 11 center pitches on the main ground.