The newly-built stadium in Motera, which is the largest cricket stadium ever built, has a capacity of 110,000 which trumps the MCG in Australia that can accommodate 90,000 people.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • India and England will play the inaugural Test at the new Motera stadium from Feb 23
  • The newly-built Moetra stadium can accomodate 110,000 fans when at full capacity
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia was the previous recold holder with a capacity of 90,000 people

England fast bowler Stuart Broad is so impressed with the new Sardar Patel Stadium stadium in Motera that he thinks it can even outdo the Melbourne Cricket Ground in terms of crowd noise when at full capacity.

The newly-built stadium in Ahmedabad, which is the largest cricket ground in the world, has a capacity of 110,000 which trumps the MCG in Australia that can accommodate 90,000 people.

The old stadium was closed in 2015 for reconstruction and next week’s Test match will be the first international to be played at the ground since November, 2014.

“I have to say that this new stadium at Motera, the biggest in the world, is so impressive that it has a bit of an aura about it even when empty. It’s like a coliseum.

“I can only imagine what it will be like at 50 per cent capacity, with 55,000 people in, from Wednesday. And with 110,000, at a World Cup match later this year for example, I don’t know if we would be able to hear ourselves think.

“The loudest I’ve ever heard a crowd was at the MCG in the 2017-18 Ashes when I caught David Warner on 99 — only for us to discover Tom Curran had bowled a no ball. When he got to his hundred next ball the noise was incredible but I think this ground has the potential to outdo it.

““And even a crowd of 10,000 daily made a big difference last week compared to the behind-closed- doors first match, it didn’t feel as though it was a coincidence that India’s players upped their game,” Broad wrote in his column for Daily Mail.

India and England are all set to play the third Test in Ahmedabad from February 23. The match will be played under lights with pink balls.





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