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    Ahmedabad to boast of world’s largest cricket stadium, construction underway

    AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Cricket Association came a step closer to make the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad the biggest cricket stadium in the world in terms of seating capacity when, on Thursday, they handed the contract to Larsen & Turbo (L&T) to begin work for the makeover. GCA vice-president Parimal Nathwani gave a letter of acceptance to L&T top officials in presence of key GCA officials.

    A dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the leadership of GCA president Amit Shah, the old structure has already been razed and work will now begin to build a new stadium which will house 1,10,000 people, the biggest in terms of seating capacity. With this, the new Motera Stadium will surpass the humongous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which can hold 100,024 people.

    "The ground is ready to be handed over to the construction company. The new stadium, when completed, will be the largest cricket stadium in the world which will be made to meet all the latest the international standards," a GCA press release said. The new stadium will have improved infrastructure for the spectators with an increase in the number of air-conditioned boxes and up-gradation of the parking facilities.

    The entry, stay and exit processes will be smoothed and emphasis will be given to facilitate guided tours of the cricket museum. Other facilities key facilities like eateries, fan-zones and washrooms will be of absolute top notch quality. "In the next two years, the new structure will be ready," GCA secretary Rajesh Patel told TOI. Presently the stadium with its six pavilions has a capacity of 54,000.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/55884457.cms[/quote]

    The representative image looks neat.

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    Will be an amazing experience to watch a fullhouse match in the stadium.

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    It will be fitting for India to have the biggest cricket stadium in the world

    Hopefully it is not only big in terms of seating capacity but also state of the art, and an attractive stadium like Adelaide or others.

    Too many of India's bigger stadiums are concrete jungles with no redeeming quality in terms of aesthetics

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    I watched the WC final at MCG last year with record attendance , hopefully some day ----- at this stadium, who knows .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    It will be fitting for India to have the biggest cricket stadium in the world

    Hopefully it is not only big in terms of seating capacity but also state of the art, and an attractive stadium like Adelaide or others.

    Too many of India's bigger stadiums are concrete jungles with no redeeming quality in terms of aesthetics
    The problem with state of the art stadiums is that you need large turnover to maintain it


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    Only India can afford to do this. It will probably never have the atmosphere of 90's Eden Garden but will be still very impressive to watch. I doubt this will get built though.

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    Will be very exciting to see big matches there, hopefully it gets built without any problems.


    Does cricket survive off of it's money or does it survive for it's money?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    The problem with state of the art stadiums is that you need large turnover to maintain it
    Should not be an issue in India as these associations receive huge money from BCCI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thivagar View Post
    Only India can afford to do this. It will probably never have the atmosphere of 90's Eden Garden but will be still very impressive to watch. I doubt this will get built though.
    Why do you doubt sir that the stadium will be built?

    The President of GCA is Amit Shah, perhaps the second most powerful man in India.Indian PM Narendra Bhai Damodar Das Modi is a former GCA President.There is noway anything will stall this stadium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petercat View Post
    Why do you doubt sir that the stadium will be built?

    The President of GCA is Amit Shah, perhaps the second most powerful man in India.Indian PM Narendra Bhai Damodar Das Modi is a former GCA President.There is noway anything will stall this stadium.
    Very high maintenance cost. Unless they decide that it is not going to be fancy. There is no way that board would want to build a stadium and run at a loss. It doesn't make business sense.

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    Cricket deserves big stadia like this.Eden gardens is amazing and this will be even better!

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    World's Largest Cricket Stadium Is Coming Up In Ahmedabad

    The Motera stadium, Ahmedabad is currently being revamped in a bid to make it the world's largest stadium. In a tweet by Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) Vice-President Parimal Nathwani, the pictures of the stadium under construction were released for the first time. Talking about the "dream project", Nathwani said that the stadium will be larger than the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). He also said that once the construction of GCA's dream stadium completes, it will become a matter of pride for the entire nation.

    See the first pictures of the world's largest stadium under construction:



    The Motera stadium, before being revamped, had hosted 23 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) till December 2011.

    The stadium was also host to some historic events in cricketing history, which includes former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar completing 10,000 runs in Test cricket.

    Among other important events, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar had scored his first Test Match double-hundred against New Zealand in this very stadium.

    The Motera stadium was first constructed in the year 1982, with a seating capacity of 49,000. The stadium hosted its first Test in the year 1983, between India and the Windies.

    Meanwhile, the MCG currently holds a seating capacity of 90,000. It was established in the year 1853.

    India recently won a Test match against Australia by 137 runs, which was hosted at the MCG. The visitors later went on to clinch the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1.

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    Looks like a flying saucer!


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    Quote Originally Posted by petercat View Post
    Should not be an issue in India as these associations receive huge money from BCCI.
    Funding for each of the state boards by BCCI was Rs. 30 crore in 2014. This stadium reportedly costs Rs. 700 crore (though I'm sure it's much more than that). Considering state boards have to use the BCCI funding for a lot more than just building a stadium, it was likely only a tiny fraction of what went into funding this stadium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia View Post
    Funding for each of the state boards by BCCI was Rs. 30 crore in 2014. This stadium reportedly costs Rs. 700 crore (though I'm sure it's much more than that). Considering state boards have to use the BCCI funding for a lot more than just building a stadium, it was likely only a tiny fraction of what went into funding this stadium.
    That money is going to increase as BCCI income has more than doubled.

    Plus huge sponsorship money for stands and in stadia sponsorship. Add to that the ticket sales.

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    That looks humungous!

    What an absolute beast of a venue this is going to be.

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    The old stadium didnt have a very good reputation and many of the facilities were below par - not surprising really given it was built in 1982 and very little was invested in it through the years.

    Ahmedabad needed a new stadium - hope this one is a success.

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    Imagine an Indo Pak WC final in it with more than 100,000 spectators watching live!


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    World's tallest stadium came up in the state of Gujarat in time. This stadium in Gujarat will also come up in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TM Riddle View Post
    Imagine an Indo Pak WC final in it with more than 100,000 spectators watching live!
    Yeah 2023 world cup final
    Since you are imagining it anywayd ..imagine pakistan beating india in front of that crowd in the final and fittingly it becomes pakistan's first ever world cup win over india...
    I can only imagine how the indian crowd will response

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    World's tallest statue came up in the state of Gujarat in time. This stadium in Gujarat will also come up in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deewana View Post
    Yeah 2023 world cup final
    Since you are imagining it anywayd ..imagine pakistan beating india in front of that crowd in the final and fittingly it becomes pakistan's first ever world cup win over india...
    I can only imagine how the indian crowd will response
    Can't stop you from imagining brother.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Deewana View Post
    Yeah 2023 world cup final
    Since you are imagining it anywayd ..imagine pakistan beating india in front of that crowd in the final and fittingly it becomes pakistan's first ever world cup win over india...
    I can only imagine how the indian crowd will response
    Then you wake up and realise that you were imagining in a dream. Classic Nolan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    That money is going to increase as BCCI income has more than doubled.

    Plus huge sponsorship money for stands and in stadia sponsorship. Add to that the ticket sales.
    Let's see, man. Maharashtra Cricket Association had also built a stadium in Pune designed by Hopkins Architects of UK at a cost of Rs. 300 crore, which isn't even half of the Ahmedabad stadium. The BCCI grant wasn't enough to fund the stadium, so their idea to recover the cost of construction was to sell the naming rights, which was bought by Sahara for Rs. 200 crore. As soon as that went south due to non-payment by Subrata Roy, the MCA got in trouble as they couldn't repay the loans they had taken from banks and the banks took possession of the stadium.

    The stadium was supposed to be constructed in 2 phases, but the second phase of construction never commenced and as of today the stadium is still incomplete.

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    If the MCA couldn't repay the loans for the Pune stadium even after hosting multiple ODIs, T20Is, Tests and even their own IPL team for a few years, then I'm not sure how the Gujarat Cricket Association is going to do it unless the stadium is either government-funded or privately-funded. They can't sell the naming rights either because BCCI rules state that the stadia cannot be named after corporations.

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    In Ameriva famous stadiums are named after sponsoring corporations. Why cant India follow the same if it helps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia View Post
    If the MCA couldn't repay the loans for the Pune stadium even after hosting multiple ODIs, T20Is, Tests and even their own IPL team for a few years, then I'm not sure how the Gujarat Cricket Association is going to do it unless the stadium is either government-funded or privately-funded. They can't sell the naming rights either because BCCI rules state that the stadia cannot be named after corporations.
    Given that the Stadium is only few months away from completion means that financial closure happened years ago. Clearly the due diligence team from banks, erroneously or not, found the project viable. The Gujarat Cricket Association already owned the land so no land acquisition cost involved, unlike Pune which was greenfield?

    Increased annual share from BCCI, likelihood of a local IPL team in forthcoming years, more foot falls from being in the center of town, income from non cricketing event, etc would easily make the project feasible in the minds of bankers. BCCI also has a separate fund for upgrading and constructing new stadiums throughout the country. This fund would also see an increased allocation with 2023 WC in mind.

    From the outside, the project looks very attractive and pretty much risk free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    In Ameriva famous stadiums are named after sponsoring corporations. Why cant India follow the same if it helps?
    Because this has nothing to do with India and America. BCCI has its own sponsorships which it wouldn't allow to be ambushed by companies owning naming rights. BCCI won't care if Mumbai Indian constructs its own stadium and calls it Ambani Arena and holds its IPL home matches there. But this stadium won't get India matches. This is simply a case of different models being followed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TM Riddle View Post
    Can't stop you from imagining brother.
    More like fantasizing :-)

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    Eden gardens back in the day was something else.

    Id love to see edens gardens reconstructed to over a 200,000 seat capacity and the biggest in the world. The atmosphere can you imagine.

    ELECTRIC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    Given that the Stadium is only few months away from completion means that financial closure happened years ago. Clearly the due diligence team from banks, erroneously or not, found the project viable.
    I'm sure they found the project viable, just like those that did the Pune stadium, but they'll spend the next many years repaying the loans, and whether they'll be able to do that without defaulting remains to be seen.

    What they get from BCCI is miniscule compared to the cost of the stadium, after you take into consideration the cost of running the day-to-day cricket operations, paying the office staff and players etc. An IPL team from Ahmedabad is unlikely because the existing franchises are not allowed to move their home. They can only play a few games elsewhere. And BCCI doesn't want to have more IPL franchises again because it'll lengthen the IPL calendar.

    BCCI's funds are useful when the stadium budget is Rs. 100-150 crore. You can't build a Rs. 700 crore stadium on it.

    Another problem that the Pune stadium encountered is the high ticket prices. Probably to avoid rowdy people who would destroy the expensive seats imported from Australia and the toilets and for the all-round higher quality experience compared to other stadiums, the ticket prices were kept high. Due to that, most of the expensive seats were left empty even for matches of the Indian team and ticket sales were never as much as the board expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia View Post
    I'm sure they found the project viable, just like those that did the Pune stadium, but they'll spend the next many years repaying the loans, and whether they'll be able to do that without defaulting remains to be seen.

    What they get from BCCI is miniscule compared to the cost of the stadium, after you take into consideration the cost of running the day-to-day cricket operations, paying the office staff and players etc. An IPL team from Ahmedabad is unlikely because the existing franchises are not allowed to move their home. They can only play a few games elsewhere. And BCCI doesn't want to have more IPL franchises again because it'll lengthen the IPL calendar.

    BCCI's funds are useful when the stadium budget is Rs. 100-150 crore. You can't build a Rs. 700 crore stadium on it.

    Another problem that the Pune stadium encountered is the high ticket prices. Probably to avoid rowdy people who would destroy the expensive seats imported from Australia and the toilets and for the all-round higher quality experience compared to other stadiums, the ticket prices were kept high. Due to that, most of the expensive seats were left empty even for matches of the Indian team and ticket sales were never as much as the board expected.
    Neither you or I know the specifics. We don't know how much of the 700 crore is debt financed. Let's say 400 crore is debt financed, which isn't unreasonable considering the fund BCCI released in 2006 was 1600 crore for upgrade of stadium across India. I imagine that amount is doubled now. Perhaps more. So, 200 crores from BCCI fund and perhaps 100 crores from their own, and the rest 400 debt financed.

    If Gujarat receives, let's say 70 odd crores from BCCI annually, then why would they have problem repaying 400 crore with interest over a 10-15 year period? We are not even talking about income from stadium which, like the Wankhede, is right in the city. More foot falls unlike Pune. The cost of running a stadium is moot, because the Gujarat association already had these expenses. Perhaps it would go up marginally or perhaps newer technology means lesser maintenance staff.

    Ahmedabad is certain to have an IPL team when the current broadcast cycle ends, along with trivandrum and lucknow. Take it to the bank. Lots of avenues to monetize, and enough income already to repay. Don't see any trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketDon View Post
    Eden gardens back in the day was something else.

    I’d love to see edens gardens reconstructed to over a 200,000 seat capacity and the biggest in the world. The atmosphere can you imagine.

    ELECTRIC.
    You'd hardly fill a 1,00,000 stadium even in India unless its a huge match. Huge empty stadiums are the scariest sights in cricket. It was rather upsetting seeing those massive state of the art Aussie stadiums empty during this test series.

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    India builds 5 stadiums in the time it takes us to renovate 1.

    Anyways this looks absolutely huge. Would be something seeing this fully-packed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    Ahmedabad is certain to have an IPL team when the current broadcast cycle ends, along with trivandrum and lucknow. Take it to the bank. Lots of avenues to monetize, and enough income already to repay. Don't see any trouble.
    This.^^^^

    Ahmedabad is a huge city and will eventually have its own IPL team.

    Plus, big infrastructure programs are built by taking out long term commercial loans. You are talking 20-30 years. Unless somebody is 100% certain that India will not be growing for the next 20 or so years worrying about repayment is premature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    Perhaps more. So, 200 crores from BCCI fund and perhaps 100 crores from their own, and the rest 400 debt financed.
    How did you come up with the 200 crore number?

    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    If Gujarat receives, let's say 70 odd crores from BCCI annually, then why would they have problem repaying 400 crore with interest over a 10-15 year period? We are not even talking about income from stadium which, like the Wankhede, is right in the city. More foot falls unlike Pune. The cost of running a stadium is moot, because the Gujarat association already had these expenses. Perhaps it would go up marginally or perhaps newer technology means lesser maintenance staff.
    You do understand that a cricket association has a lot more to do that run a cricket stadium? It has district associations all across the state that it has to fund, state-level tournaments to run, office staff that work for the association and of course players, coaches and selectors across various age groups. Assuming they receive 70 crore each year, how much is even left over after the funds are distributed? Their existing operational costs must be high for them to even receive 70 crores.

    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    Ahmedabad is certain to have an IPL team when the current broadcast cycle ends, along with trivandrum and lucknow. Take it to the bank. Lots of avenues to monetize, and enough income already to repay. Don't see any trouble.
    One broadcast cycle has already ended and they neither increased the number of teams nor allowed any team to move its home. I don't see it happening. BCCI has already made it known that it is not interested in increasing the number of teams again, probably because it'll look bad on the IPL brand if no one buys the new teams at a similar inflated price as Pune and Kochi did in 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    You'd hardly fill a 1,00,000 stadium even in India unless its a huge match. Huge empty stadiums are the scariest sights in cricket. It was rather upsetting seeing those massive state of the art Aussie stadiums empty during this test series.
    Those were the days though. No facilities in stadiums most filled by low wage labourers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia View Post
    Let's see, man. Maharashtra Cricket Association had also built a stadium in Pune designed by Hopkins Architects of UK at a cost of Rs. 300 crore, which isn't even half of the Ahmedabad stadium. The BCCI grant wasn't enough to fund the stadium, so their idea to recover the cost of construction was to sell the naming rights, which was bought by Sahara for Rs. 200 crore. As soon as that went south due to non-payment by Subrata Roy, the MCA got in trouble as they couldn't repay the loans they had taken from banks and the banks took possession of the stadium.

    The stadium was supposed to be constructed in 2 phases, but the second phase of construction never commenced and as of today the stadium is still incomplete.
    You do realise that the inability to pay the loan was due to CoA not releasing funds to MCA on basis of the Lodha committe.

    Secondly the sahara deal was only 200cr for 10yrs. Out of which they had paid nearly 84-85 cr.

    The main problem is that BCCI is not releasing the annual grant to MCA due to Lodha committee reforms being pending.Once that money comes it the matter will be resolved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    You do realise that the inability to pay the loan was due to CoA not releasing funds to MCA on basis of the Lodha committe.
    MCA's financial problems started way before the Lodha Committee even came into the picture. Here's an article on the same.

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    Great idea to create jobs. Hope the laborers involved are not paid too much causing them to skyrocket out of the 8 lakh bracket. That way they can eventually get Government jobs after this grand stadium is completed.


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    In India stadiums can be filled during ODI and T20. It is only test cricket where stadiums no longer get filled now a days.

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    Problem is in India every inch of real estate gets commercialized, so it could be the biggest stadium but experience of watching the game there will still be ordinary. There will be no place to just stand and chill like it's in SCG or MCG, as every inch will be sold to sponsors/advertisors. Bottom line - I will fly to Sydney to watch a game there rather than watching in the biggest stadium of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    Those were the days though. No facilities in stadiums most filled by low wage labourers.
    Sitting on those permanent cement benches in the scorching heat of Calcutta. Dedication


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    Quote Originally Posted by happydavy View Post
    Problem is in India every inch of real estate gets commercialized, so it could be the biggest stadium but experience of watching the game there will still be ordinary. There will be no place to just stand and chill like it's in SCG or MCG, as every inch will be sold to sponsors/advertisors. Bottom line - I will fly to Sydney to watch a game there rather than watching in the biggest stadium of the world.
    Agreed. Look forward to the entire stadium being tarpaulin-ed with "Pan Bahar" adverts and covered with a blanket of dust and smog during the broadcast.

    Would be pleasantly surprised if these things don't turn out to be the case.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Agreed. Look forward to the entire stadium being tarpaulin-ed with "Pan Bahar" adverts and covered with a blanket of dust and smog during the broadcast.

    Would be pleasantly surprised if these things don't turn out to be the case.
    It the stadium is indeed "commercialized", I am sure the owners and broadcasters will make every effort to make the experience pleasant for the fans so that they can charge more and make bigger profits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    It the stadium is indeed "commercialized", I am sure the owners and broadcasters will make every effort to make the experience pleasant for the fans so that they can charge more and make bigger profits.
    Will they? When have gate revenues been important to the powers that be? How difficult is it to get a ticket to a cricket match, like you would to a movie? The entire system is so opaque that this stadium should be a massive outlier for the above to work as it says on the tin.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Will they? When have gate revenues been important to the powers that be? How difficult is it to get a ticket to a cricket match, like you would to a movie? The entire system is so opaque that this stadium should be a massive outlier for the above to work as it says on the tin.
    As a general rule, a service or good can only be provided by 1) a commercial enterprise OR 2) a non-commercial (government or non-profit) enterprise.

    In my experience, the services and goods provided by non-commercial enterprises are usually of worse quality than those provided by commercial enterprises. This is logical as a bad product fails in the market.

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    Looks amazing.


    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    Don't worry bro. Your other thread allows for rain. Maybe it will save you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    It the stadium is indeed "commercialized", I am sure the owners and broadcasters will make every effort to make the experience pleasant for the fans so that they can charge more and make bigger profits.
    There are 2 ways to do any business - either you go for a niche market or go for mass market, and the choice is not always with you. If you are opening an expensive restaurant, you could make it exotic, get a great cook and shoot up the prices. Since you need a limited hyperlocal footfall of say 100 people in a night, you could do that. When you talk about cricket stadiums with a capacity of 50,000 you don't have the option of pick a niche, you have to go for masses. Masses in India are very price sensitive and with governments wielding enough pressure on cricket associations, ticket prices will always be kept nominal. So the authorities are never going to focus on amenities, but only on the capacity. You will never see huge and wide concourses like you see in SCG or MCG, focus will be to build as much capacity as possible.

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    MCG is not a cricket stadium, its a football stadium that they play cricket on.

    So really the MCG is not the biggest cricket stadium in the world, only the biggest stadium that they play cricket in.

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    Are you suggesting that the Melbourne Cricket Ground is not a cricket ground because they use it for football more often these days? Look into the history of the MCG. It was always a cricket ground and made for cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osama Shafeeqe View Post
    Are you suggesting that the Melbourne Cricket Ground is not a cricket ground because they use it for football more often these days? Look into the history of the MCG. It was always a cricket ground and made for cricket.
    Without a doubt it is a football stadium, cricket can only dream of getting the numbers that football gets.

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    The authorities who are building the stadium know how to make money off the stadium. Do not worry about their financial abilities. If they can raise money for the stadium, they will earn money off the stadium as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    MCG is not a cricket stadium, its a football stadium that they play cricket on.

    So really the MCG is not the biggest cricket stadium in the world, only the biggest stadium that they play cricket in.
    But isn't it Melbourne Cricket Ground?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shandarchowka View Post
    But isn't it Melbourne Cricket Ground?
    That was the name given to it in 1850's and it is run by the Melbourne cricket club. football dominates cricket in Melbourne and the biggest event at the MCG is the AFL grand final. Around 1980 football pretty much overtook cricket at the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shandarchowka View Post
    But isn't it Melbourne Cricket Ground?
    To give you an idea how it has changed: Cricket used to be worried that football would damage the pitch at the MCG, now they have drop in pitches so cricket does not damage the football surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happydavy View Post
    There are 2 ways to do any business - either you go for a niche market or go for mass market, and the choice is not always with you. If you are opening an expensive restaurant, you could make it exotic, get a great cook and shoot up the prices. Since you need a limited hyperlocal footfall of say 100 people in a night, you could do that. When you talk about cricket stadiums with a capacity of 50,000 you don't have the option of pick a niche, you have to go for masses. Masses in India are very price sensitive and with governments wielding enough pressure on cricket associations, ticket prices will always be kept nominal. So the authorities are never going to focus on amenities, but only on the capacity. You will never see huge and wide concourses like you see in SCG or MCG, focus will be to build as much capacity as possible.
    Your previous post said you were going to have an inferior experience due to "commercialization". This post on the other hand says that the Indian consumer is "price sensitive" so ticket prices will be low but facilities inferior. I agree with this post. The reality is that an average Australian fan is much more wealthy than an average Indian fan, so the Australian fan is going to pay more and receive more. Commercialization is not to blame.

    One may not like "pan bahar" adverts, but if you don't want those adverts, you will have to pay higher ticket prices, which the customer base doesn't want to do.

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    Looks like a Colosseum. Cricket in large stadiums is boring though because there's no wind flow so conditions can be really flat unless the pitch has a lot of juice.
    Last edited by Chief Destroyer; 12th January 2019 at 01:36.


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    I hope the boundaries are more than
    60m unlike Eden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deewana View Post
    Yeah 2023 world cup final
    Since you are imagining it anywayd ..imagine pakistan beating india in front of that crowd in the final and fittingly it becomes pakistan's first ever world cup win over india...
    I can only imagine how the indian crowd will response
    That wet dream would have been Pak winning the world cup in 2001 in Mumbai in Shivsena's den. Nothing would have compared to that

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    That wet dream would have been Pak winning the world cup in 2011 in Mumbai in Shivsena's den. Nothing would have compared to that
    I've always wondered what would have happened if Pakistan actually had a strong team and won that semi-final. Would the final have gone ahead as planned in Mumbai with just 2 days to go?

    As it turned out it rained hard in Mohali the previous evening and Pakistan would have proceeded automatically if the game was a washout - that was my biggest fear. A knockout like that would have hurt.


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    Amazing. Will have a great atmosphere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    I hope the boundaries are more than
    60m unlike Eden
    Eden has 60m boundaries? Are you talking about Eden park?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Eden has 60m boundaries? Are you talking about Eden park?
    Eden Gardens, the KKR home.

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    Looks marvelous and stupendous, would be great to see when it’s completely full . Imagine the roar. Hard for the umpires to pick any nicks

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    Eden Gardens, the KKR home.
    Eden Graden has 60m boundaries? Which one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia View Post
    How did you come up with the 200 crore number?
    It's mentioned in my post. The 'let's say' in my post should have alerted you that I was guesstimating/assuming. Would help if you paused and read before replying like a clueless argumentative teenager.

    Now here's the more important bit. The debt financing part in such projects almost rarely go over 60 percent mark.


    Quote Originally Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia View Post
    You do understand that a cricket association has a lot more to do that run a cricket stadium? It has district associations all across the state that it has to fund, state-level tournaments to run, office staff that work for the association and of course players, coaches and selectors across various age groups. Assuming they receive 70 crore each year, how much is even left over after the funds are distributed? Their existing operational costs must be high for them to even receive 70 crores.
    Yes, I understand that very well. What you don't understand on the other hand that BCCI's handouts to the state associations would go up (by 50 to 100 percent) every 5-6 years simply because of the broadcast rights doubling over. Another thing you singularly fail to understand is that these cricket associations are not profit making entities. Clearly, the banks MUST have looked into the operational costs per year, projected a rise in the money they'd receive from BCCI and *knew* it made complete business sense to loan the money.

    You fail to understand, also, that you are not bringing in a single original point here except poor MCA struggling. Was MCA the only new stadium built in the country? How about Wankhede, Hyderabad, Vizag, trivandrum, lucknow, The new mohali stadium, Eden renovation, Chepauk renovation, Nagpur....? Are they all struggling to pay back the money?

    Maybe MCA was corrupt, maybe Pawar got a cut, maybe they were less than honest in due diligence


    Quote Originally Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia View Post
    One broadcast cycle has already ended and they neither increased the number of teams nor allowed any team to move its home. I don't see it happening. BCCI has already made it known that it is not interested in increasing the number of teams again, probably because it'll look bad on the IPL brand if no one buys the new teams at a similar inflated price as Pune and Kochi did in 2010.
    The current broadcast cycle is one year old, and all the franchise will be making enough profits during this 5 year to recoup whatever losses they sustained over the past years. That's how profitable IPL is right now. It'll be the broadcasters themselves who'll pressure BCCI to include more teams come the next cycle.
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    cricket being the main game in India and their board being so rich, its but obvious they will have such big stadium. Eden Gardens is reduced to 65k now I last saw somewhere. Plus the boundaries are small past sides.

    Bangladesh is planning a stadium 70k in the new city outside Dhaka. Last heard PM Hasina gave the go ahead in 2015 but nothing has been done yet, maybe still finalising things. Hopefully it does go ahead and is made by 2021 which will be 50th year of BD Independence. Bangladesh needs a big stadium, Mirpur is great but capacity is too small for BD now.


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