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Narendra Modi Stadium To Host Opening, Closing Ceremonies If India Wins 2026 Olympics Bid

| Updated: January 17, 2024 16:04

The Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad’s Motera will be the main sporting arena for the Olympics 2026, should India’s bid goes through.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the mega global sporting extravaganza will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, according to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) Sports Enclave’s master plan, which the state government recently finalised. The stadium will also host athletics and cricket events of the Olympics.

The masterplan shows that the SVP Sports Enclave will have a 53,000-capacity football stadium, an aquatics centre with a capacity to seat 12,000 people, a 15,000-seat tennis centre and three arenas for basketball, gymnastics and handball carrying a combined capacity of over 35,000 spectators.

The main Narendra Modi stadium has a capacity to hold 1.10 lakh spectators.

The enclave is expected to cost Rs 6,000 crore.

”Going forward, the state will also be assessing the feasibility of hosting several other multi-sporting events as the infrastructure gets ready, such as World Aquatics Championships, World Athletics Championships, Asian Youth Games, Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games, and various other single-sports events typically included in the Olympics programme,” an official note on the masterplan said.

The state government has proposed to use the Mahatma Mandir Convention Centre for operations like the International Broadcasting Centre and the Main Press Centre, if Ahmedabad wins the bid, government sources informed.

The SVP Sports Enclave is being planned over an area of 236 acres in Motera, adjacent to the Narendra Modi Stadium. The sports complex will come up over 93 lakh square feet and have facilities to host several sports disciplines.

The SVP complex, along with the proposed facility in Naranpura being constructed for Rs 31 crore, will host majority of the Olympics sporting events if Ahmedabad wins the bid.

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