The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) came a step closer to realising their plans of transforming the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad – more commonly referred to as Motera Stadium – in to the biggest cricket stadium in the world in terms of seating capacity.


The GCA awarded the contract to Larsen & Toubro (L&T) – who were awarded the contract for Qatar’s Al Rayyan Stadium and Precinct alongside JV partner Al Balagh earlier this year – to begin work on construction of the new cricket stadium.


The old structure has already been demolished, making way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream, under the leadership of GCA President Amit Shah, to become a reality.


The new Motera Stadium will be the world’s largest cricket stadium in terms of seating capacity, capable of housing some 110,000 spectators, taking over from the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which has a capacity of 100,024.


A GCA press release read:

The ground is ready to be handed over to the construction company. The new stadium, when completed, will be the largest cricket stadium in the world, which will be made to meet all the latest the international standards.


The new stadium will boast an improved infrastructure for spectators, along with an increased number of air-conditioned corporate hospitality boxes/luxury suites, in addition to enhanced parking facilities. Other key facilities will include top-notch eateries, fan zones and washrooms. The entry, stay and exit processes will also be smoothed out and emphasis will be given to facilitate guided tours of the cricket museum.


GCA Secretary, Rajesh Patel, told TOI:

In the next two years, the new structure will be ready.


In its previous incarnation, the stadium, with its six pavilions, offered a capacity of 54,000.