Narendra Modi Stadium

The Narendra Modi Stadium is an international cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

It is the largest cricket stadium in the world, with a seating capacity of 134,000 spectators. The stadium is owned by the Gujarat Cricket Association and serves as the venue for domestic and international cricket matches.

Narendra Modi Stadium
नरेंद्र मोदी स्टेडियम
  • GCA Stadium
  • Motera cricket stadium
Narendra Modi Stadium
Inside view of the arena
Narendra Modi Stadium is located in India
Narendra Modi Stadium
Narendra Modi Stadium
Location within India
Full nameNarendra Modi Stadium
Former names
  • Sardar Patel stadium (former stadium 1982–2021)
  • Motera Cricket Stadium
AddressSardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave, Motera,
LocationAhmedabad, Ahmedabad district, Gujarat, India
Coordinates23°05′29″N 72°35′50″E / 23.09139°N 72.59722°E / 23.09139; 72.59722
Elevation84 m
Public transitBus interchange Narendra Modi Stadium
Metro interchange Motera Stadium Red Line
OwnerGujarat Cricket Association
OperatorGujarat Cricket Association
Genre(s)Sporting events
Seating typeStadium seating
Executive suites76
  • 110,000—134,000 (2020–present)
  • 54,000 (2006–2015)
  • 49,000 (1982–2006)
Record attendance101,566
(2022 IPL Final)
[non-primary source needed]
Field size160 metres (180 yd) x 140 metres (150 yd)
Field shapeOval
Acreage63 acre
SurfaceBermuda grass
Broke ground
  • 1983 (former structure)
  • December 2016 (New stadium)
BuiltSeptember 2015- February 2021
12 November 1983 (former structure)
Opened24 February 2021 (New stadium)
12 November 1983 (former structure)
ClosedSeptember 2015 (former Sardar Patel stadium)
DemolishedSeptember 2015 (former Saradar Patel stadium)
Construction cost800 crore (US$100 million) (New stadium 2015-2021)
BuilderLarsen and Toubro
Main contractorsLarsen and Toubro
Gujarat cricket team (1983–present)
India cricket team (1983–present)
Gujarat women's cricket team
India women's national cricket team (2011–present)
Gujarat Titans (2022–present)
Rajasthan Royals (2010–2014)
Gujrat cricket association's website
Ground information
LocationMotera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
OperatorGujarat Cricket Association
End names
Adani Pavilion End[citation needed]
Reliance End[citation needed]
International information
First Test12–16 November 1983:
Narendra Modi Stadium India v Narendra Modi Stadium West Indies
Last Test9–13 March 2023:
Narendra Modi Stadium India v Narendra Modi Stadium Australia
First ODI5 October 1984:
Narendra Modi Stadium India v Narendra Modi Stadium Australia
Last ODI11 February 2022:
Narendra Modi Stadium India v Narendra Modi Stadium West Indies
First T20I28 December 2012:
Narendra Modi Stadium India v Narendra Modi Stadium Pakistan
Last T20I1 February 2023:
Narendra Modi Stadium India v Narendra Modi Stadium New Zealand
First WODI12 March 2012:
Narendra Modi Stadium India v Narendra Modi Stadium Australia
Last WODI12 April 2013:
Narendra Modi Stadium India v Narendra Modi Stadium Bangladesh
First WT20I22 January 2011:
Narendra Modi Stadium India v Narendra Modi Stadium West Indies
Last WT20I24 January 2011:
Narendra Modi Stadium India v Narendra Modi Stadium West Indies
As of 9 March 2023
Source: Cricinfo

The Narendra Modi stadium is standing on the same plot where Sardar Patel Stadium was present from 1982 to 2015, until its demolition, Saradar Patel stadium was renovated in 2006. It served as the main venue of domestic, international cricket in the city till 2015, It hosted some matches during the 1987, 1996, and 2011 ICC World Cups The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) scrapped Sardar Patel Stadium in 2015 in desire to build a state of the art, world's biggest cricket stadium. The Narendra Modi stadium is designed by Australia's design firm Populous and built by Larsen and Toubro. It took them 5 years to build and estimated cost of 800 crore (US$100 million). The arena replaced the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground as world's largest cricket stadium. Modi stadium has 4 dressing rooms, 11 center pitches, and 2 practice grounds which can host practice as well as domestic matches. It is one of the premium stadiums of India. The stadium is second largest stadium in the world by seating capacity, just behind North Korea's 150,000 capacity Rungrado 1st of May Stadium.

On 24 February 2021, the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), named this newly built stadium as the Narendra Modi Stadium in honour of the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, who was president of the GCA (2009–2014) and the chief minister of Gujarat (2001-2014). In 2021 the stadium was inaugurated by the president of India, Ram Nath Kovind, in an event he presided over.

It was first opened to the public in 2020 amid the Namaste Trump event, organized for president of the United States Donald Trump. On 24 February 2021, the Narendra Modi stadium hosted its first Test match, when home side India played against England, it was also its first ever day-night test game. On 29 September 2022, opening ceremony of the 36th National games was held inside It.

The arena will host the final of the 2023 ICC World Cup on 19 November.


1982–2006 (Early years)

Formerly known as the Gujarat Stadium, the ground was renamed in tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,[citation needed] India's first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Before the Sardar Patel Stadium, international cricket matches in the city were played at the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's stadium of the same name (Sardar Patel Stadium) in the Navrangpura area. In 1982, the Government of Gujarat donated a 400,000-square-metre (100-acre) stretch of land on the banks of the Sabarmati River to build a new stadium. The construction of the Sardar Patel Stadium was completed in nine months. Since then, all International cricket fixtures for the city are hosted here. In the 1984-85 Australia India series, Sardar Patel Stadium hosted its first ODI, in which India was lost.

At the arena Sunil Gavaskar became the first ever batter to score 10,000 runs in the Test cricket, he did the feat against Pakistan in their 1987 tour. In 1983, Kapil Dev took a nine-wicket haul against the West Indies in 1983, and claimed his 432nd Test wicket at the stadium to become the highest wicket-taker in the world in 1995, which broke Sir Richard Hadlee's previous record. In 1996, the ground hosted a low-scoring Test match against South Africa, where the visitors lost 105–170. Javagal Srinath took six wickets in the fourth inning of the match. South Africa won in a rematch game when they bowled India out for 76 runs in the first session of the Test match in 2008 and won the game by an inning and 90 runs.


Narendra Modi Stadium
Sardar Patel Stadium (before reconstruction)

The stadium became a focal venue of ICC Champions Trophy in 2006 and hosted five of the 15 games played. In order to host the tournament, the stadium was renovated to add three new pitches and a new outfield. Floodlights and covered stands were introduced at the stadium as a part of the renovation program.

The Sardar Patel Stadium has hosted games whenever India has hosted the Cricket World Cup, including the first match of the 1996 World Cup between England and New Zealand. However, while the stadium hosted only one game each in 1987 and 1996, it hosted three games in the 2011 World Cup, including the quarter-finals between Australia and India. Sachin Tendulkar became the first cricketer to score 18,000 runs in One Day Internationals. As of 19 August 2017, Sardar Patel has hosted 12 Tests, 23 ODIs and 1 T20I.[citation needed]

2015–2020 (construction of new stadium)

Narendra Modi Stadium
The Stadium during Namaste Trump event.
Narendra Modi Stadium
US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Narendra Modi Stadium, 24 February 2020.

In October 2015, the stadium was demolished for reconstruction, though some media referred to it as a renovation. The total cost of reconstruction was estimated to be ₹700 crores (7 billion (US$88 million)). However, the final cost was reported at 800 crore (US$100 million). The redevelopment, originally planned to be completed in 2019, finished in February 2020.


The idea to build the new stadium was reportedly proposed by Narendra Modi, the president of the Gujarat Cricket Association and the Chief Minister of Gujarat at the time. Shortly before Modi moved to Delhi after becoming the Prime Minister of India, there were discussions about minor upgrades to the stadium and development of the structure at the pavilion end. Modi asked the officials to build a new larger stadium instead of minor renovation work.


After starting demolition work at the end of 2015, the GCA issued a request for tender on 1 January 2016 in The Times of India and The Indian Express newspapers. Nine bidders showed interest and purchased the tender documents, out of which three submitted Technical and Financial bids on time; they were the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, Nagarjuna Construction Company, and Larsen & Toubro. A Tender Commercial Committee (TCC) of nine experts was formed to evaluate tenders. Additionally, STUP Consultants, a Civil Engineering consultancy firm based in Mumbai, was appointed as the Project Management Consultant to evaluate proposals and technical details of each bid working with the TCC.

Each of the three bidders presented their designs, models, and technical details of their concepts & designs. Because of the sheer size and complexity of the project, the bidders were evaluated on multiple parameters like efficiency, resources, the time frame of completion, ease of implementation etc. The bidders were ranked and weighted on all of the parameters.[citation needed]

Bids Submitted for Sardar Patel's Reconstruction
Bidder Bid Evaluation Notes
Larsen & Toubro 677.19 crore (US$85 million) Lowest-1 (L1) Winning bid. Financially lowest and technically ranked first.
Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd. 847.88 crore (US$110 million) Lowest-2 (L2)
Nagarjuna Construction Co. Ltd. 1,065 crore (US$130 million) Highest (L3)

In the end, L&T was finalized as the Principal Contractor to build and design the stadium.

Building work

L&T took over the construction work of the stadium in December 2016. On 16 January 2017, the Gujarat Cricket Association oversaw the project, which formally began on the same day. The stadium was planned to be finished in 2 years and the reconstruction project was estimated to cost around ₹700 crore ($93 million). Finishing touches were given to the stadium in February 2020 and it hosted an England-India day-night test match in 2021.

Mumbai-based Commercial Kitchen Consultants "Span Asia" were hired to work with Populous and L&T on all the F&B Related areas such as the Concession Counters, Main Stadium Kitchens, Player Kitchens, VIP/VVIP Boxes, Corporate Boxes, Press & Media Boxes, Pantries, GCA Club and Related areas.


PM Modi inaugurated 2022 national games in the arena. In 2020 "Namaste Trump" event organised there for president of the United States Donald Trump. The new stadium hosted its first Test match (England vs India), it was also its first ever Day-night test. It became home ground of IPL team Gujrat Titan The venue hosted 2022 and 2023 IPL finals.

Stadium design and facilities

The Narendra Modi stadium has two tier structure. The arena built on 63 acres of land, it has 3 entry point, with a metro line at one of the entry points. It has 76 corporate boxes that can hold 25 persons each, a 55-room clubhouse, an Olympic size swimming pool, and four dressing rooms. A unique feature of the stadium is its LED light system on the roof, instead of the usual floodlights towers which one can see at cricket stadiums around the world. The LED lights are installed on an antibacterial, fireproof canopy with PTFE membrane that covers 30 metres (98 ft) out of 55 metres (180 ft) width of sitting area. The roof was installed by Walter P Moore firm, they specifically designed it to be lightweight and separate from the seating bowls in order to make it fairly earthquake resistant. Larsen and Toubro was the main building contractor of the arena, they worked in collaboration with foreign firms from Australia, Japan, Spain, United States and Italy. They assigned Australia's Populous company to design the stadium, their architect Andrew James designed the Narendra Modi stadium. The firm is notable for designing iconic Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The two tier structure of the Narendra Modi stadium is supported from beneath by numerous huge "Y shape columns"; which eliminates the need for pillars inside the arena and thus gives spectators an unobstructed view of the entire field from any place in the Stadium. Each "Y shape" column's weight is 280 tonnes they are about 30 meter tall, they was Precasted in huge moulds and assembled on the stadium building site, later many precasted parts was installed in this way. The fabric of the roof is imported from Japan, the LED lighting installed by a Spain based firm, Italy's a firm installed cables on which Japan's company fitted roof fabric. The ground have 11 centre pitches, playing field has sensors to detect the need of water for grass, which can automatically activate 67 fully automated underground pop-up sprinklers. The ground has Bermuda grass surface, its seeds was purchased from USA and the stadium has high-tech drainage system and 360° letest LED lights system, which fitted at a ring on the inside edge of the roof, thus shadows don't form on the ground.

The stadium premises has many facilities, it have an indoor cricket practice area, badminton and tennis courts, a Squash, table tennis area, 3D projector theater and three practice grounds[dubious ] and 50 rooms. The parking lot can accommodate 3,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers. It has a huge ramp designed to facilitate the movement of around 60,000 people simultaneously. The arena has been designed in such a way that, patrons can fill the lower tier of the stadium for smaller events to maintain the crowd atmosphere when not at full capacity.

There was a plan that the stadium would be connected to the nearest metro station by a skywalk bridge in order to decrease road congestion, it was said that it would complete after September 2020, it was part of the Motera Metro Station project rather than the stadium's.[needs update]

2023 ICC World Cup

The arena is scheduled to host 6 matches of ICC World Cup 2023, including the first and the final game, high-profile India v Pakistan and Australia vs England games.

Political events

Namaste Trump

Narendra Modi Stadium
The jam-packed stadium amid Namaste Trump event, while US President Donald Trump giving his speech.

In 2020, the stadium was the venue of the "Namaste Trump event", which was organised for maiden visit of President Trump by Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi. The event mirrored the "Howdy Modi" event held in Houston, Texas.

75 years of Friendship through Cricket Event

Narendra Modi Stadium
Australian PM Anthony Albanese (second from left) and Indian PM Narendra Modi with the Australia cricket team captain Steve Smith (far left) and India cricket team skipper R. Sharma at the event, "75 years of friendship through cricket".

The stadium was the venue for the fourth test match of the Border Gavaskar trophy, In 2023 Australia tour of India, where the Indian PM Narendra Modi and Australian PM Anthony Albanese participated in an event to celebrate 75 years of diplomatic and cricket relations between both the nations.

ICC World Cup matches

Erstwhile Sardar Patel Stadium had hosted matches of ICC world cups :

1987 Cricket World Cup

26 October 1987
Zimbabwe Narendra Modi Stadium
191/7 (50 overs)
Narendra Modi Stadium  India
194/3 (42 overs)
Navjot Sidhu 55(61)
PW Rawson 46/2
Narendra Modi Stadium  India won by 7 wickets
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
Umpires: David Archer and Dickie Bird
Player of the match: Kapil Dev
  • India won the toss and elected to field

1996 Cricket World Cup

14 February 1996
New Zealand Narendra Modi Stadium
239/6 (50 overs)
Narendra Modi Stadium  England
228/9 (50 overs)
Graeme Hick 85(102)
Dion Nash 26/3
Narendra Modi Stadium  New Zealand won by 11 runs
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
Umpires: B. C. Cooray and Steve Randell
Player of the match: Nathan Astle
  • England won the toss and elected to field

2011 Cricket World Cup

21 February 2011 (D/N)
Australia Narendra Modi Stadium
262/6 (50 overs)
Narendra Modi Stadium  Zimbabwe
171 (46.2 overs)
Narendra Modi Stadium  Australia won by 91 runs
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
Attendance: 18,569
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough and Asoka de Silva
Player of the match: Shane Watson
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat

4 March 2011 (D/N)
Zimbabwe Narendra Modi Stadium
162 (46.2 overs)
Narendra Modi Stadium  New Zealand
166/0 (33.3 overs)
Narendra Modi Stadium  New Zealand won by 10 wickets
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
Attendance: 7,000
Umpires: Aleem Dar and Marais Erasmus
Player of the match: Martin Guptill
  • Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat first

24 March 2011 (D/N)
Australia Narendra Modi Stadium
260/6 (50 overs)
Narendra Modi Stadium  India
261/5 (47.4 overs)
Yuvraj Singh 57*(65)
Sachin Tendulkar 53(68)
David Hussey 19/1
Narendra Modi Stadium  India won by 5 wickets
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
Attendance: 51,000
Umpires: Ian Gould and Marais Erasmus
Player of the match: Yuvraj Singh
  • Australia won the toss and chose to bat first
  • Sachin Tendulkar completed 18,000 runs in his ODI career in the match.


In previous arena

In present arena


Test match records

  • Highest innings total: Sri Lanka 760/7d – India v Sri Lanka, 2nd inning, 16 November 2009
  • Lowest innings total: India 76 – India v South Africa, 1st inning, 3 April 2008
  • Highest individual score: Mahela Jayawardene 275 (435) (4s-27 6s-1) – Sri Lanka v India, 16 November 2009
  • Best bowling:
    (in an innings) Kapil Dev 9/83 – India v West Indies, 12 November 1983
    (in a match) Axar Patel 11/70 – India v England, 13 February 2021
  • Most runs: Rahul Dravid (India) 771 Runs (Mat:7 Inn: 14 HS: 222 Ave: 59.30 SR: 49.10 100s-3 50s-1), Sachin Tendulkar – 642 runs, VVS Laxman – 574 runs
  • Most wickets: Anil Kumble (India) 36 Wickets (Mat:7 Runs:964 BBI:7/115 BBM: 10/233 Ave:26.77 Econ: 2.29 SR: 70.1 5W/I: 3 10W/M:1), Harbhajan Singh- 29 wickets, Kapil Dev – 14 wickets

One Day International match records

In media

  • In 2021, the stadium was featured in an episode of History TV18's documentry show Modern Marvels. The episode depicted the entire construction of the stadium.

Explanatory note

See also


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