The newly revamped Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad is all set to host the 3rd Test of the 4-match series on Wednesday which will be a pink ball fixture, to be played under lights.
Spread over 63 acres land, the Stadium can host 1,10,000 spectators which is the largest among cricket stadiums, going past the 90,000-mark of the MCG in Australia.
The pink-ball Test between India and England will mark the ‘debut’ of revamped Motera in international cricket.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, also known as Motera Stadium, has two practice grounds with nine pitches. It also includes another 11 pitches – six containing red soil and five of black soil.
There are four dressing rooms in the stadium for players – each interconnected with two gyms. It also possesses an Olympic-size swimming pool and a mini 3D theatre.
As many as 55,000 fans (50% capacity) are expected to be present at the stadium for the Day-Night Test Match starting from February 24.
Ahead of the 3rd Test between India and England at the Motera Stadium, located in Sabarmati, the ground will be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday (February 24).
The cricket stadium was originally named the Gujarat Stadium, but it was later changed to Sardar Patel Stadium which is also known : as the Motera Stadium. While the stadium hosted its first international One Day match in 1984, it was closed down for reconstruction in 2015 and the renovation cost around Rs 7 billion.