The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, today asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to construct the country’s biggest cricket stadium with a seating capacity of 75,000 in Ghaziabad.
The foundation of the proposed stadium is likely to be held next month when the Adityanath government formally launches industrial and infrastructure projects totalling more than Rs. 1 trillion.
Yogi said the stadium at Eden Gardens, Kolkata with a capacity of 65,000 seats was the biggest. He said a much bigger stadium in the National Capital Region (NCR) would reap the advantage of its prime location.
The proposed Ghaziabad stadium would be developed by the BCCI, for which the land has been identified. Recently, the UP Cricket Association representatives had met UP Industrial Development Minister, Mr. Satish Mahana, in this regard.
Earlier, the Ghaziabad stadium was touted to have a seating capacity of about 45,000 and to be completed by 2019. However the project got invariably delayed.
Now only the Green Park Stadium, Kanpur in the state is deemed fit for holing international matches. Although, Lucknow’s K D Singh Babu stadium had in the past hosted a few international ties, however, it fell out of favour due to lack of facilities.
Yogi Adityanath was addressing a gathering after inaugurating Ekana International Cricket Stadium. Yesterday, the state government had announced the renaming of it as ‘Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana International Cricket Stadium.
Lucknow stadium will host its maiden international match between India and West Indies. Lucknow is hosting an international cricket tie after 24 years. The K D Singh Babu stadium had hosted a Test match between India and Sri Lanka in January 1994.