Motera stadium renamed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Ahmedabad, February 24, 2021
The Motera cricket stadium here -- the biggest in the world-- was on Wednesday renamed as the Narendra Modi Stadium.
The stadium, which was recently re-opened after extensive renovation work which increased seating capacity to a record 1,10,000, hosts its first Test match from today with India taking on England in a a day-night match.
The stadium's new name was announced in an inauguration ceremony that was attended by President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah among others.
"Coupled with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave & Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, a sports complex will also be built in Naranpura. These three will be equipped to host any international sports event. Ahmedabad will be known as the 'sports city' of India," said Shah at the inauguration ceremony.