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Sardar Patel Stadium

Sardar Patel Stadium

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Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium
Aerial View Motera Stadium.jpg
Aerial view of Sardar Patel Stadium
Ground information
Location Motera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Establishment 1982
Capacity 54,000[1]
Owner Gujarat Cricket Association
Operator Gujarat Cricket Association
Tenants Indian Cricket Team (1983-present)
Rajasthan Royals (2010)
End names
Adani Pavilion End
GMDC End
International information
First Test 12 Nov - 16 Nov 1983: India v West Indies
Last Test 16 Nov - 20 Nov 2009: India v Sri Lanka
First ODI 5 Oct 1984: India v Australia
Last ODI 27 Feb 2010: India v South Africa
Domestic team information
Gujarat cricket team (1983-present)
As of 20 May 2010
Source: Cricinfo

Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera Stadium) is one of the premier Cricket stadiums of India located in the Motera locality of Ahmedabad. Because of its location, the stadium is commonly called Motera Stadium to avoid confusion with another stadium of the same name in Navrangpura locality of Ahmedabad. Sardar Patel stadium is owned by Gujarat Cricket Association and comes under the aegis of the West Zone. It is the largest stadium in the state of Gujarat, and has an official capacity of 54,000 spectators.[1] It is equipped with floodlights for day-and-night games and is a regular venue for Test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODI) matches.

Formerly known as the Gujarat Stadium, the ground was later renamed in tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Apart from cricket, the ground has played host to a number of programs arranged by the Government of Gujarat. The pitch once favoured the bowlers, but has lately been host to competitive games.

As of May 2010, the Motera stadium has played host to 19 ODI matches. In India, only Eden Gardens (22 ODI Matches) has hosted more ODI matches than Motera Stadium. The stadium is also one of the host venues for 2011 Cricket World Cup to be held in India. It is scheduled to host 3 matches, including a Quarter final match.

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