Kiren Rijiju praises Motera Stadium, says, ‘not only the largest but it is one of the best stadiums in the world’

Kiren Rijiju visited the Motera Stadium ahead of the first International match to be played at the venue.

Kiren Rijiju
Kiren Rijiju

Kiren Rijiju, the current Minister of State of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, visited the Motera Stadium on Tuesday and appreciated the newly built stadium, reckoned that it is not just the largest, but is also one of the best stadiums in the world. Rijiju was accompanied by BCCI secretary Jay Shah where the latter familiarised the minister with the stadiums’ world-class facilities.

The upcoming pink-ball Test match between India and England will be the first International match that would be played at the Motera track. The action for the match will kick off on Wednesday.

Before the action for the match gets underway, the stadium will be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind.

‘I am very proud that our country has such a stadium,’ said Rijiju

Kiren Rijiju

The Union minister was mesmerized by the stadiums’ infrastructure and took pride of the stadium being erected in India. Besides, he thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for being the brain behind of such development.

I went to see the Motera Stadium, I tried to understand everything virtually, be it the size, design, or structure. I can say that the Motera Stadium which is the largest in the world, is not just the biggest, but is one of the best stadiums in the world. The facilities for the spectators and players are top-notch. This is not only the largest but it is one of the best stadiums in the world. I am very proud that our country has such a stadium. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for conceptualising this stadium and then I thank Home Minister Amit Shah for ensuring that the stadium is constructed within 2.5 years,” said Rijiju while talking to select media in Ahmedabad.

No stadium or facility can be successful without a revenue plan. I have listened briefly to the revenue plan for the Motera Stadium. BCCI secretary Jay Shah briefed me about this, I realised that he has a viable model ready with him for commercial success, without a revenue model, no stadium can be successful,” he added.

‘This is an oval-shaped ground,’ a Gujarat Cricket Association official said

Motera Stadium

The architecture of this ground is slightly different from others. It is engineered in an oval shape, unlike the other grounds, which are built round in shape. The idea of such construction is that the size of the boundary remains the same irrespective of the pitch on which a match is being played.

This is an oval-shaped ground. Traditionally on other grounds, when you play a match on pitch 1, one boundary fence is longer and the other shorter, but this is not the case here. It has all been done keeping the pitches in mind.

Sydney or Melbourne has round-shaped grounds. When the pitch is shifted at these grounds, then boundary rope on one side is affected, but this is not the case here,” the GCA official explained.

Full-fledged planning at Motera

Motera Stadium

The officials deliberated on how the in-stadium crowd would get the best view of the match, irrespective of their ticket price. The officials ensured that every fan would be able to have the best view possible, and this privilege is not the case with just the expensive ticket holders.

The offcials even accounted for the crowd’s departure after the match ends so that there is no chaos on the show. The things are all in place at Motera as it has the provision of a big ramp that has been created, and the entire crowd capacity can leave the stadium within 30 minutes.

The swanky stadium is known to have a total of 11 pitches on the ground — six are of red soil and five of black soil.

With a seating capacity of 110,000, the stadium boasts itself as the world’s largest cricket stadium and second-largest sports ground in the world.

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