Ahmedabad: Motera Stadium (Sardar Patel Stadium), the venue for the T20 series, along with the last two Tests between India and England, is home to many specialties. It is the largest stadium in the world and will be the venue for the first time for the third Test between India and England. It was built in 1982 on the banks of the Sabarmati River in Gujarat. In October 2015, the state government decided to renovate it and make it the largest stadium in the world in terms of capacity.
The BCCI is sharing photos and videos of the stadium and cricketers from both the teams are provoking interest among the fans at the stadium. Prior to the renovation, the stadium had a capacity of 49,000. Now its capacity has doubled. The historic Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium had a capacity of 90,000, but now Motera Stadium has surpassed it.
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* Name: Sardar Patel Stadium / Motera Stadium
* Ground size: 180 X 150 yards
* Venue size: 63 acres, four entrances
* Facilities: Four team dressing rooms, six indoor practice pitches, three outdoor practice fields
* Stadium capacity: 1,10,000 fans can sit and watch the match at once. The second largest stadium in the world
12 Tests, 23 ODIs and one T20I match were played here before the stadium was closed for restoration. The first international match between India and Australia was played in 1984-85. It also hosted the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy. A total of 5 matches were played here. It has also hosted World Cup matches.
So far it has hosted 12 Tests. Here in 2009 Sri Lanka scored 760 for 7 in an innings. This is the highest innings score so far. India were all out for 76 in a match against South Africa in 2008. This is the lowest.