India to get first roof stadium in Rajkot
They had previously created a replica of the the Lord’s Cricket Ground’s media box. And now the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) is all set to build the country’s first cricket stadium with a roof.
While the Gujarat Cricket Association is building the world’s largest cricket stadium, which will hold a capacity of over one lakh in Ahmedabad, authorities at the SCA Stadium in Khanderi are preparing to build an all-weather-proof cricket stadium.
It has been an idea that took shape following an erratic monsoon forced many matches to be washed out across the country in the last few seasons.
“Since the monsoons here are very unpredictable, we have seen a lot of matches—domestic and internationals—getting washed out. So, we had a look at the various kinds of roofs we can go in for. One is a retractable one [like the one at Wimbledon] and the other is a permanent roof, resembling a dome,” SCA president Jaydev Shah said on Thursday (January 16).
He also added, “We are working on the feasibility of both. It’s not that we want a roof just for the sake of it or to be different from others. This will be a very carefully taken decision as the cost involved is huge. We must also take into account hosting maximum number of international matches here to make it a feasible investment.”
Shah further revealed that a new 17-acre plot adjoining the present stadium had been purchased by SCA, where they will build a new multipurpose building with a capacity of around 15,000 to 20,000.