Trump to open world’s biggest cricket stadium in India

Afp, New Delhi

22 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

US President Donald Trump will open the world’s biggest cricket stadium in India next week, but critics wonder whether it’s just another vanity project by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his home state.

Trump, not known as a cricket aficionado and on his first visit to India, will inaugurate the 110,000-seat Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday, a grandiose occasion that has drawn further attention to the western state of Gujarat.

The $100 million, perfectly round venue, with seats in the blue and saffron of the Indian team, promises unobstructed views from every angle and has facilities including four dressing rooms and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

It eclipses the 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground, the venerable venue that dates back to 1853 and has hosted the greats of the sport through the generations, from Donald Bradman to Ian Botham and India’s own Sachin Tendulkar.

The new stadium is not the first record-breaking monument to independence hero Sardar Patel to be unveiled in Gujarat, Modi’s home state where he was chief minister until 2014.