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Work on ‘world’s biggest cricket stadium’ nears completion

A new stadium in Motera, India that is set to become the biggest cricket ground in the world is reportedly on track to open in January.

The Times of India newspaper reports that the stadium, which will have a capacity of 110,000, is 90 per cent complete. The venue will overtake the 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground as the largest cricket stadium in the world.

The Motera Cricket Stadium has been designed by leading architecture firm Populous. It is being built on the site of the former Motera stadium, which was demolished in 2015 and had a capacity of 49,000.

The first foundation stone for the project was laid in January 2017. The stadium is being built an estimated cost of Rs 700 crore (£79m/€89m/$98m).

Populous states on its website that the design for the stadium will revolve around two large seating tiers, which will each seat around 50,000 general-admission fans. A huge single patron concourse with 360-degree views of the pitch will also be incorporated.

The seating bowl has also been designed to ensure that fans are directed to lower levels during smaller events to maintain an atmosphere even when the stadium is not full.

Image: Populous