Jaipur is set to have a second International Cricket ground, with a capacity of hosting upto 75,000 spectators. The stadium will also consist of modern grand pavilion stands, corporate boxes, plush sports field, modern clubhouse, and many other world-class features for indoor games and sports training facilities, said Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) Secretary Mahendra Sharma. He added that the stadium will be spread over 100 acres of land.
“The land has been finalized in Chonp village, 25 km from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway, and the construction is expected to begin in the next four months,” he added.
Sharma said that every visitor, be it a player or a spectator, would get world-class facilities. Floodlights will be installed in accordance with the ICC guidelines, with a modern press box for media and broadcast. A parking facility to accommodate around 4,000 vehicles would be made in the stadium.
This will be the third-largest stadium after the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad and the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. While the Motera Stadium has a seating capacity of 1.10 lakh, the MCG can accommodate 1.02 lakh spectators.
The stadium would further accommodate two practice grounds which can be used for Ranji Trophy matches. Also, there will be two restaurants, 30 practice nets for players, and a press conference room with a seating capacity of 250. The stadium would be constructed in two phases; the first phase to be developed with 45,000 seating capacity while the second would have a seating capacity of 30,000.
Speaking on financial aspects of the project, Sharma said that the BCCI owes Rs 90 crore to the Rajasthan Cricket Association and the association will seek a grant of Rs 100 crore from the board. While Rs 100 crore will be taken as a loan, Rs 60 crore will be amassed by selling corporate boxes in the stadium. Mehta and associates LLP and Delhi based sports design consultancy firm GRAS, who will build the stadium, has given a presentation of the design to RCA chief patron C.P. Joshi and RCA President Vaibhav Gehlot.