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New Delhi : The President Ram Nath Kovind performed Bhoomi Pujan (ground breaking ceremony) of a huge sports enclave at Ahmedabad, Gujarat,  on February 24, 2021, named after Bharat Ratna and brave son of Gujarat, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. At the same time, the President also inaugurated the world’s largest sports stadium ‘Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium’.

This world’s largest cricket stadium is a part of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel sports complex. Governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Minister of State for Sports Kiran Rijiju, and Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel were also present on the occasion.

Expressing heartfelt gratitude to the President for the inauguration of the stadium and the Bhoomi Poojan of the sports enclave, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that today is a golden day in India’s sports history. Today, the ground-breaking ceremony of a big sports enclave named after the Iron Man of India Bharat Ratna Sardar Patel has been performed by the President.

Shah said that the world’s largest cricket stadium with state-of-the-art facilities will be named ‘Narendra Modi Stadium’. 1.32 lakh spectators will be able to witness matches at this stadium. The stadium has 11 pitches unrivalled by any stadium in the world. There are four dressing rooms, besides, a match can resume within half-an-hour without disturbance even after heavy rainfall. LED lights are installed, which will not cast a player’s shadow on the pitch and will also save 40 to 50 percent electricity. Shah said that a hi-tech media room has also been constructed which will telecast sports competitions held here across the globe, according to a PIB release.

Shah said that this is a historic stadium and many records have been made here. He said that for the first time, today’s match will be played with a pink ball. He said that Kapil Dev broke Richard Headley’s record of 431 test wickets at this ground. Sunil Gavaskar scored 10,000 runs on this ground and Sachin Tendulkar completed 18,000 runs in One Day Internationals and twenty years of his cricket career at this stadium.

Shah said that the Sardar Vallabhbhai Sports Enclave to be built here is an ambitious project. He said that it will be the largest sports enclave in the country to be built on 233 acres of land. This enclave will have world class sports facilities. It also includes a new 18-acre sports complex in Narayanpura.

Shah said that together with the sports complex built at the Sardar Patel Sports Complex, Narendra Modi Stadium and the Sports Complex being built at Narayanpura, will create all sports infrastructure at one place in any one city for conducting all sporting events of any international sports, and this is a matter of pride for Ahmedabad. There will be accommodation for 250 coaches and 3,000 children will be able to train together.

Shah said that the infrastructure created is such that Ahmedabad will be ready in six months to host the Commonwealth Games or the Olympics. He also said that the dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, has been fulfilled today and Ahmedabad will be known as the Sports City of India.