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World The world's largest cricket stadium wows players

03:15  24 february  2021
03:15  24 february  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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Players from India and England have been admiring the refurbished Motera - the world's largest cricket stadium.

a large stadium: The stadium can hold 110,000 spectators © Getty Images The stadium can hold 110,000 spectators

The teams are set to play the third Test match in the ongoing series at the stadium on Wednesday.

The venue, also known as Sardar Patel stadium, in Ahmedabad city of India's western state of Gujarat has been recently rebuilt.

Both teams have won a Test each in the four-match series.

Players from both teams have been training at the newly-built stadium, which can seat 110,000 spectators. But only 55,000 fans will be allowed in the two Tests to be played at the venue due to Covid restrictions.

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This day-night pink ball Test will be the first international match hosted at the stadium since November 2015 when it was demolished for reconstruction work.

Cricketers from India and England have been sharing pictures on social media, praising the new facilities at the stadium.

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The massive venue is spread across 63 acres and has four entry points. It has multiple dressing rooms, indoor practice pitches, outdoor pitches and even a dormitory that can house 40 athletes. There are individual spaces for coaches, physiotherapists and trainers.

Built at a cost of 8bn rupees ($110m; £78m), the project has been constructed by the same firm which also built the Statue of Unity, a 182m (600ft) bronze-clad tribute to independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

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The stadium had a capacity of 54,000 spectators when it was demolished in 2016.

a motorcycle is parked on the side of a building: Preparations for the remaining two matches in the Test series at the Motera stadium © Reuters Preparations for the remaining two matches in the Test series at the Motera stadium

The layout of the cricket stadium is designed in such a way that there is an unobstructed view of the pitch. Officials say that a state-of-the-art drainage system will help the ground dry up quickly in case of rain, reducing the chances of matches being cancelled.

a large orange building © Getty Images

The stadium boasts of 11 clay pitches. Special LED lights have been installed all along the entire circular roof to eliminate shadows. Traditional stadiums usually have mast lights.

The 360 ​-degree podium concourse is built at a height of nine meters which means that spectators throughout the stadium have a uniform view of the pitch from any stand.

a person walking a dog on a leash: Preparations for the third test match between the sides are on © Reuters Preparations for the third test match between the sides are on

The stadium hosted former US President Donald Trump on his first official trip to India in February 2020. He addressed more than 100,000 people at the stadium, alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

a person standing in front of a building: Mr Trump visited Indian as president in February 2020. © Getty Images Mr Trump visited Indian as president in February 2020.

A press statement said that the stadium will be formally inaugurated on 24 February by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Home Minister Amit Shah.

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