The construction of the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad is all set to begin as GCA President Parimal Nathwani laid its foundation stone on Monday.
Coming to the details of this ambitious project, Nathwani said, “The total cost of the project is estimated at 700 crores. The stadium will have 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a clubhouse, an Olympic-size swimming pool. Engineering firm ‘L&T’ has awarded the work to build this stadium through tender process.”
Melbourne Cricket Ground, which can accommodate 90,000 spectators, is currently the world’s largest cricket stadium. Interestingly, M/s Populous, the architect firm that designed the MCG itself has been roped in for the stadium in Ahmedabad. The premise is expected to be ready in two years time.
The stadium that is estimated to accommodate around 1.1 Lakh people has also raised concerns regarding traffic and congestion in the busy city.
In response to these, Nathwani said, “In the new stadium, traffic will be segregated in three directions. Apart from the old Sabarmati to Motera road, there is a planning to integrate Metro Rail, which will pass from here. Third option is to link the Sabarmati Riverfront road with the stadium.”
Cricketer Hardik Pandya, who belongs to Gujarat, took to Twitter to share his excitement about this turnkey project.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) December 8, 2016
Once ready, this stadium is sure to boost the fervour of cricket in the country and encourage more participation from the youth.