The newly-revamped Motera Stadium, in Ahmedabad, is surely one to look out for. The stadium has been completely revamped and renovated and now boasts a seating capacity of 1,10,000 and has highly-impressive indoor facilities. Since the India and England players reached the venue for the third and penultimate Test, of the four-match Test series, both sets of players have been in awe of the stadium and its facilities.
Ahead of the third Test, which will be a day-night affair, many cricketers such as Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, etc. have lavished huge praise on the new-look Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad. English pacer Broad went a step ahead and said that it has the potential to outdo the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) — with over a sitting capacity of 90,000 — in terms of crowd noise.
Broad wrote in his column for Daily Mail, “I have to say that this new stadium at Motera, the biggest in the world, is so impressive that it has a bit of an aura about it even when empty. It’s like a coliseum. I can only imagine what it will be like at 50 per cent capacity, with 55,000 people in, from Wednesday. And with 110,000, at a World Cup match later this year for example, I don’t know if we would be able to hear ourselves think.
Broad further opined, “The loudest I’ve ever heard a crowd was at the MCG in the 2017-18 Ashes when I caught David Warner on 99 — only for us to discover Tom Curran had bowled a no ball. When he got to his hundred next ball the noise was incredible but I think this ground has the potential to outdo it. And even a crowd of 10,000 daily made a big difference last week compared to the behind-closed-doors first match, it didn’t feel as though it was a coincidence that India’s players upped their game,” pointed out the 34-year-old pacer with 517 Test scalps.