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.

Rajkot Stadium
Rajkot Stadium will be first in India to get 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.

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“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.

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