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Sport India v England: Is Sardar Patel Stadium the biggest cricket ground in the world?

09:58  23 february  2021
09:58  23 february  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat is set for its first international match since it's re-development as it hosts the third Test between India and England on Wednesday.

Commonly known as the Motera Stadium, it officially holds the record as the world's biggest cricket ground, with a seating capacity of 110,000.

It is a remarkable increase from the previous capacity, with its record attendance of 54,000 in 2011 when India defeated Australia in the World Cup quarter-finals.

It will also mark the second time that India has hosted a day/night test match.

Here's everything that you need to know about the incredible stadium

Is Sardar Patel Stadium bigger than the MCG?

With a capacity of 110,000, the Sardar Patel Stadium is officially the largest cricket ground in the world.

It eclipses the mark set by the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which holds 100,024.

Unfortunately, we will have to wait to see it at full capacity, with COVID restrictions limiting it to 50% capacity.

This hasn't turned spectators off, with tickets instantly selling ut for the day-night fixture.

“Ahmedabad is totally sold out, the day-night Test match, because it’s the first game there after a long period of time,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told Star Sports.

“So, happy to see normalcy back. It’ll be fantastic, it’s sold out.

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“We want to see every seat and stand full. And that’s what it is, the tickets have gone, as well as for the T20s (that follow the Tests).”

World's largest cricket grounds

Ground Capacity
Sardar Patel Stadium (Ahmedabad) 110,000
Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne) 100,024
Eden Gardens (Kolkata) 80,000
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium (Naya Raipur) 65,000

Gwalior International Cricket Stadium (Gwalior)

60,000
Optus Stadium (Perth) 60,000
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (Hyderabad) 55,000
Greenfield International Stadium (Thiruvananthapuram) 55,000
Adelaide Oval (Adelaide) 53,583

Is Sardar Patel Stadium the world largest sports stadium?

Sardar Patel Stadium falls just short of holding the record as the world's largest sports stadium, narrowly behind the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in North Korea which has an alleged capacity of 150,000 people.

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However, this has estimated to have fallen to a measly 114,000 after renovations and re-modelling.

The ground sits in second place on the list, ahead of Michigan Stadium and Beaver Stadium, the home grounds of the Michigan and Penn State football programs respectively.

In fact, the renovations of Sardar Patel Stadium breaks a stranglehold that college football stadiums have held on the capacities list, which occupies the next eight spots on the top ten.

It also bumps the MCG out of the top ten list, which falls just behind Bryant-Denny Stadium in Alabama.

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World's largest sports stadiums

Stadiums Location/College Capacity
Rungrado 1st of May Stadium North Korea 114,000 (after renovations)
Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad, India 110,000
Michigan Stadium Michigan 107,601
Beaver Stadium Pennsylvania/Penn State 106,572
Ohio Stadium Ohio/Ohio State 102,780
Kyle Field Texas/Texas A&M 102,733
Neyland Stadium Tennessee 102,455
Tiger Stadium Louisiana/ LSU 102,231
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Texas 100,119
Bryant-Denny Stadium Alabama 100,077

What is Australia's record at Sardar Patel Stadium?

Australia has played just five ODI matches at the ground before the redevelopment, winning three out of five.

The world's largest cricket stadium wows players

  The world's largest cricket stadium wows players India's Motera stadium gives an unobstructed view of the pitch to 110,000 spectators.The teams are set to play the third Test match in the ongoing series at the stadium on Wednesday.

The ground would host Australia's opening match at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, defeating Zimbabwe by 91 runs.

Mitchell Johnson would take 4/19, which remains the best figures on the ground in an ODI.

Australia's last game in the ground came at the same tournament, where India would eliminate them from the quarter-finals.

Ricky Ponting's men would be defeated by five wickets despite Ponting scoring a hundred, with India going on to win the World Cup against Sri Lanka.

India v England Test series

Heading into Ahmedabad, both teams are locked at 1-all in the four-game series.

England would claim the first Test, winning by 227 runs thanks to a double-century by captain Joe Root.

However, India would level the series in Chennai, with Ravichandran Ashwin doing it all, hitting a hundred as well as taking a five-wicket haul.

The two teams have played twice at the ground, with India winning their past encounter by nine wickets in 2012.

Cheteshwar Pujara will be hoping that his good fortunes continue at the ground, having scored 209* in the first innings of that match.

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Oh boy, where do we start?

Whilst you may not have seen much cricket action at the new ground, it immediately grabbed headlines - but for all the wrong reasons - thanks to a now-infamous speech by Donald Trump.

The newly renovated stadium was officially launched on the 24th of February 2020, with the 45th President of the USA the key speaker as part of 'Namaste Trump'.

Trump would go on to butcher the names of cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and current captain Virat Kohli.

If you somehow have missed the video, give it a watch below.

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