The world's largest cricket stadium in India can restart matches within 30 minutes of rain

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The world's largest cricket stadium in India can restart matches within 30 minutes of rain
  • India is all set to open the world’s largest stadium in March 2020.
  • The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) is preparing as many as 11 pitches with both red and black soil — they will either bouncy, spin friendly or a mix of both.
  • It will also have advanced drainage facilities that will flush out the rain water in 30 minutes.

India — where cricket is nothing less than a religion — is all set to open the world’s largest stadium in March 2020.


Apart from being the world’s largest, Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium at Motera near Ahmedabad will have three different kinds of pitches. They will range from bouncy, spin friendly, or a mix of both — to suit the need of fast bowlers and spinners.

The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) which is executing the project, is preparing as many as 11 pitches.
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“Some pitches will be prepared with red soil, while some will be with black soil and some may have a mix of both. There will be bouncy as well as spin-friendly pitches along with sporting pitches based on the requirement,” Dhanraj Nathwani, vice president of GCA told the Indian Express.

Moreover, it will have advanced drainage facilities that will flush out rain water in 30 minutes.

“We have planned a sub-surface drainage system in such a way that the entire ground will dry within 30 minutes after the rain stops. It will help us reduce the chances of cancellation of matches due to rain,” Nathwani added
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The exhibition match between Asia XI and World XI in March 2020 is likely to be the first match played in the stadium.

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The Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera will overtake the Melbourne Cricket Ground as world’s largest cricket stadium once completed.

The Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera will overtake the Melbourne Cricket Ground as world’s largest cricket stadium once completed.

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M/S Populous is designing the stadium. It is the same firm which crafted Melbourne Stadium–currently the world’s largest cricket stadium located in Australia.

M/S Populous is designing the stadium. It is the same firm which crafted Melbourne Stadium–currently the world’s largest cricket stadium located in Australia.

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The stadium is set to cover 63 acres of land and will have the capacity of 110,000 people surpassing the Melbourne Stadium can allow 100,024 fans because of its seating capacity of 95,000 people and standing capacity of 5,000 people.

The stadium is set to cover 63 acres of land and will have the capacity of 110,000 people surpassing the Melbourne Stadium can allow 100,024 fans because of its seating capacity of 95,000 people and standing capacity of 5,000 people.

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The stadium will constitute 76 corporate boxes. The stadium will not have any column constructions and hence the fans do not have to face any obstruction while viewing the match from any corner of the stadium.

The stadium will constitute 76 corporate boxes. The stadium will not have any column constructions and hence the fans do not have to face any obstruction while viewing the match from any corner of the stadium.

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With this India will have a total of five stadiums in the list top 10 largest stadiums in the world. Presently, Australia accounts for the highest number of largest stadiums.

With this India will have a total of five stadiums in the list top 10 largest stadiums in the world. Presently, Australia accounts for the highest number of largest stadiums.

The parking area will bear nearly 3,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers

The parking area will bear nearly 3,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers

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Parimal Nathwani vice-president of the Gujarat Cricket Association tweeted some pictures of the progress.

Cricket in India has always been a massive crowd puller but the popularity of the sport has grown even more in recent years with the introduction of new formats like T-20 and state leagues. India hosted the Cricket World Cup in 2011 and is planning to bid for the 2023 World Cup as a host.

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