Narendra Modi Stadium, formerly known as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, is a cricket stadium located in Ahmedabad, India. It is the largest stadium in the world, with capacity for 132,000 spectators. It is owned by the Gujarat Cricket Association and is a venue for Test, ODI, T20I and Indian Premier League cricket matches.
The stadium was built in 1983 and first renovated in 2006. It became the regular venue for international matches in the city. In 2015, the stadium was closed and demolished before being completely rebuilt in February 2020, at an estimated cost of ₹800 crore (US$100 million).
Apart from cricket, the stadium has hosted various programs organized by the Government of Gujarat. It has hosted matches during the 1987, 1996 and 2011 Cricket World Cups. As of 2022, the stadium has hosted 14 tests, 27 ODIs, 6 T20I matches and 2 IPL matches including the 2022 edition finals for which he obtained the Guinness Book of World Records for having the highest recorded attendance at a match with 101,566 spectators.
On 24 February 2021, the Gujarat Cricket Association renamed the stadium as Narendra Modi Stadium after the current Prime Minister of India, Gujarat native Narendra Modi, who was also the Chairman of the Gujarat Cricket Association. (2009-2014) and the state premier from 2001 to 2014. He hosted his first pink ball Test match on 24 February 2021 between India and England.
|Built In:||12 November 1983|
|Home Teams:||Motera FC|
|Ground Size:||180 yards x 150 yards|
Narendra Modi Stadium History
1982–2006 (Early years)
Previously known as the Gujarat Stadium, the ground was renamed in tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India. Prior to the Sardar Patel Stadium, international city cricket matches were played at the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s eponymous stadium (Sardar Patel Stadium) in the Navrangpura area. In 1982, the Gujarat Government donated a 100-acre (400,000 m2) piece of land on the banks of the Sabarmati River to build a new stadium. The construction of the Sardar Patel Stadium was completed in nine months. Since then, all of the city’s international cricket matches have been held here. In the 1984–85 Australia-India series, the Sardar Patel Stadium hosted its first ODI, in which Australia defeated India.
Sunil Gavaskar was the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket against Pakistan at the stadium in 1987. In 1983, Kapil Dev took a nine-wicket haul against the West Indies in 1983 and claimed his 432nd Test wicket in the stadium to become the world’s tallest wicket-taker in 1995, which broke Sir Richard Hadlee’s previous record. In 1996, the ground hosted a low-scoring Test match against South Africa, where the visitors lost 105-170. Javagal Srinath took six wickets in the fourth innings of the match. South Africa won in a revenge game when they knocked out India with 76 runs in the first session of the Test Match in 2008 and won the game by one innings and 90 runs.
2006–2015 (Rise to prominence)
The stadium became the home venue for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2006, hosting five of the 15 matches played. To host the tournament, the stadium was renovated to add three new fields and a new garden. Floodlights and covered stands were introduced to the stadium as part of the renovation programme.
The Sardar Patel Stadium has hosted matches every time India has hosted the Cricket World Cup, including the 1996 World Cup opener between England and New Zealand. However, while the stadium hosted just one match in 1987 and 1996, it hosted three matches at the 2011 World Cup, including the quarter-final between Australia and India. Sachin Tendulkar became the first cricketer to score 18,000 runs in One Day Internationals. As of 19 August 2017, Sardar Patel has hosted 12 Tests, 23 ODIs and 1 T20I.
In October 2015, the stadium was demolished for reconstruction, although some media referred to it as a renovation. The total cost of the reconstruction was estimated at ₹700 crores (₹7 billion (US$88 million)). However, the final cost was reported as ₹800 crore (US$100 million). The remodel, originally planned for completion in 2019, was completed in February 2020.
Narendra Modi Stadium has a seating capacity of 132,000.
Narendra Modi Stadium Seating Plan
Narendra Modi Stadium pitch report
The pitch at the stadium is known for its suitability for batting and has produced some high scoring matches in the past. It is considered a flat pitch, meaning it is relatively even and does not offer much help to bowlers in terms of movement or bounce. This makes it easier for batsmen to score runs, but more difficult for bowlers to take wickets.
The release has been widely criticized for not having enough life. It is said to be slow in nature, which can make it difficult for fast bowlers to get the pace and rebound they need to upset batsmen. Some green curators have said that the green is particularly well-suited to spin bowling and could offer good spin and bounce to spinners.
- The highest individual score in a Test match at the stadium is 254 not out by Cheteshwar Pujara of India against England in the 2012-13 season.
- The best bowling figures in a Test match at the stadium are 7/48 by James Anderson of England against India in the 2012-13 season.
- The highest team score in a Test match at the stadium is 649/9 declared by India against England in the 2012-13 season.
- The highest individual score in a One Day International match at the stadium is 150 by Sachin Tendulkar of India against Australia in the 2007-08 season.
- The best bowling figures in a One Day International match at the stadium are 6/42 by Saqlain Mushtaq of Pakistan against India in the 1997-98 season.
Parking garages are generally located close to the stadium and are equipped to handle a large number of vehicles. The parking area is divided into different sections, and each section is designated for a specific type of vehicle, such as cars, buses, and motorcycles. The parking area is also well lit and has security personnel to ensure the safety of the vehicles.