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India vs England 2020-21, 3rd Test (D/N): A look at the new Sardar Patel Motera Stadium (Watch video)

India and England are set to continue their rivalry in the third of the four-Test series for the Anthony de Mello Trophy at the redeveloped Sardar Patel (Motera) Stadium in Ahmedabad. The stadium is the largest cricket venue in the world, with a capacity of more than 1,00,000.

India vs England 2020-21, 3rd Test (D/N): A look at the new Sardar Patel Motera Stadium (Watch video)-ayh
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Motera, First Published Feb 24, 2021, 10:32 AM IST
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While India and England are battling it out in the four-Test series for the Anthony de Mello Trophy, the series is currently locked at 1-1 after the opening two Tests in Chennai. Meanwhile, the remaining two Tests would be played at the redeveloped Sardar Patel (Motera) Stadium in Ahmedabad from Wednesday.

It would be the first time in nine years that the stadium would be hosting its first international game. Having last hosted a Test in 2012, the stadium underwent a major redevelopment, as the stands were demolished and replaced with new ones.

With a total cost of ₹800 crore, the entire reconstruction was completed in February 2020. The new design was the brainchild of then-Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (now India's Prime Minister). There were as many as nine bidders, with Larsen & Toubro winning the construction rights despite bidding the lowest (₹677.19 crore), owing to its efficiency.

The new stadium possesses state-of-the-art facilities, like Concession Counters, Main Stadium Kitchens, Player Kitchens, VIP/VVIP Boxes, Corporate Boxes, Press and Media Boxes, Pantries, GCA Club and many more. Besides, it also has a 55-room clubhouse, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and four dressing rooms.

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Also, instead of traditional floodlight towers, it is the first cricket ground in India to have led floodlights lights installed on the roof of the stadium, inspired by the Dubai Sports Complex design. The overall design structure was inspired by the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which was the highest-capacity cricket stadium until now.

Gujarat Cricket Association manages the venue. Meanwhile, the new stadium would be inaugurated for its first international game on Wednesday by President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, as the Test would be a day-night affair.

Press Information Bureau released an official video on the redeveloped Motera Stadium, as you can have a look at it here:

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