The Sardar Patel Stadium (also known as the Motera Stadium) with a capacity of 110,000, is the largest cricket stadium in the world and the second largest overall sports stadium.
The stadium is used by the Gujarat cricket team, as well as being used by the Indian national team for all formats of the game.
Originally opened in 1983, the stadium is named after India’s first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It had a capacity of 49,000, hosting a single match at the 1987 Cricket World Cup as India defeated Zimbabwe and another match at the 1996 Cricket World Cup as New Zealand defeated England.
Tenants: Gujarat cricket team
The ground underwent a renovation in 2006 ahead of hosting five matches at the ICC Champions Trophy, increasing the capacity to 54,000. Three matches at the 2011 Cricket World Cup were then played at the Sardar Patel Stadium, including the quarter-final in which India defeated Australia.
The stadium was effectively demolished in 2015 before reopening in February 2020.
Location & Travel to Sardar Patel Stadium
The Sardar Patel Stadium is located in the Motera neighbourhood of Ahmedabad, the capital of the western India state of Gujarat. The ground is approximately 11 kilometres north of the city’s centre.
Airport – The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is located 9 kilometres north of central Ahmedabad and just across the Sabarmati River from the stadium. It is the seventh busiest airport in India and has flights across the country, Asia and a service to London Heathrow.
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Metro – The Ahmedabad Metro is currently under construction, once complete the ‘Motera Stadium’ station will be the north terminus on the north–south line and be just a short walk away.
Train – The closest railway station is Sabarmati Junction, about 4 kilometres away. Ahmedabad Junction railway station is a little further away.