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    Spread over 63 acres, Motera in Gujarat has the largest cricket stadium in the world

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    Largest cricket stadium
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    Largest cricket stadium

    The third Test match, to be played between Indian and England with a pink ball, will begin on February 24 at the Motera stadium. Surpassing Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), it has become the largest cricket stadium in the world. Located in Sabarmati, Ahmedabad, the Motera Stadium will be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind as the ground gets ready for the third Test match between India and England. "The stadium will be inaugurated on Thursday by President Ram Nath Kovind in the special presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah," Press Information Bureau said in a release.

    Olympic level swimming pool
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    Olympic level swimming pool

    The Sardar Patel Motera Stadium is spread over 63 acres and has a seating capacity of 1.10 lakh people. Built at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore, the beauty of this stadium is incredible. The stadium was constructed by Larsen & Toubro (L&T). It has 76 corporate boxes, Olympic level swimming pool, indoor academy, four dressing rooms for athletes, food courts and GCA club house.

    11 clay pitches
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    11 clay pitches

    A total of 11 clay pitches of six red and five black soil have been prepared in the stadium. It is the first stadium to use both coloured clay for main and practice pitches. The state-of-the-art LED floodlights will not warm up the atmosphere and will provide comfort to the spectators as well as the cricketers. An innovative feature of this stadium is that the 360-degree podium concourse at a height of 9 meters simplifies the movement of spectators, as well as provides a uniform view to the spectators from any stand.

    Huge dressing rooms
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    Huge dressing rooms

    The corporate boxes that are designed have a seating capacity of 25 each. Four dressing rooms with in-built gymnasiums have been made, said Gujarat Cricket Association's joint secretary Anil Patel. Separate state-of-the-art gyms have also been set up. A special lounge has been built near the players and VIP entrance. The autographed bat collection of players from the teams of IPL and World Cup matches played so far in the Autograph Gallery at the stadium is the center of attraction. The "Hall of Fame", featuring photographs of world-renowned cricketers, catches the eyeballs of the spectators.

    In event of rainfall
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    In event of rainfall

    Patel also said that a state-of-the-art drainage system will help the ground dry up in quick time in case of a heavy downpour. "Sand has been used underneath the grass. This along with a state-of-the-art drainage system will remove the rainwater very quickly in comparison to other regular grounds. When the old stadium was demolished in 2016, the Motera Stadium had a capacity of 54,000 spectators. The foundation stone of the new cricket stadium was laid by the Gujarat Cricket Association in January 2018.

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