Jan 18, 2017

India begins building world's biggest cricket stadium

India has started building the world's biggest cricket stadium that will accommodate 110,000 spectators and cost around $100 million.

Since the capacity of Kolkata's Eden Gardens was reduced as part of a major rebuilding project, Melbourne Cricket Ground has held the title of the sport's largest stadium with seating for around 100,000.

Speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony on Monday in western Gujarat state, officials said a new stadium in the city of Ahmedabad would be able to welcome 110,000 people.

Gujarat Cricket Association vice president Parimal Nathwani put the overall cost of the project at seven billion rupees, saying the venue would house other facilities.

"The stadium will have 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a clubhouse and an Olympic-size swimming pool," Nathwani was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.

The complex, to be built over the next two years, will also have three practice grounds and an indoor cricket academy.

The completed stadium is expected to be the home of the Gujarat Lions, one of the eight teams in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament.

(Source : news18.com)