The Iconic Narendra Modi Stadium which was earlier called the Motera Stadium in Gujarat offers more seating capacity than popular Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground. Though it was built back in 1983 it was renovated in 2006. Under renovation, the facilities were revamped including the seating capacity.
Now the popular stadium added another feather to its cap by bagging an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. It is known that the stadium hosted the finals of the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League(IPL) played between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals with the Gujarat team lifting the trophy.
The same final made the stadium add a Guinness Record to its name by seating 101,566 fans which is the largest attendance at a T20 match. The cricket administrative body in India Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) shared the news of the final registering the record on Twitter.
BCCI Honorary Secretary Jay Shah shared his happiness over the stadium entering the Guinness Book and said he is delighted. He thanked the fans for making the record possible for coming in big numbers for the match.
“Extremely delighted & proud to receive the Guinness World Record for the largest attendance at a T20 match when 101,566 people witnessed the epic @IPL final at @GCAMotera’s magnificent Narendra Modi Stadium on 29 May 2022. A big thanks to our fans for making this possible! @BCCI,” Jay Shah said on Twitter.
The Narendra Modi Stadium located in the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave was earlier called Motera Stadium. It took around five years for the stadium to get a complete makeover. For renovation, it was closed in 2015 and reopened in 2020. It is said that around Rs 800 crores were spent in renovating the establishment.
The stadium hosted the Pink ball test between India and the English team in 2021 after it was renovated. The state cricket body Gujarat Cricket Association decided to name the establishment after Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is a local of the state and served as the Chief Minister too. Between 2009-2014 Narendra Modi held the position of president of the Gujarat Cricket Association.