A series of recently released reports suggest that the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) is in the process of constructing the world’s 3rd largest cricket stadium on the outskirts of Jaipur. According to sources, the stadium, estimated to cost a total of INR 350 Crore; will spread over 100 acres of land, and will have a seating capacity of 75,000 spectators.
New Stadium in Jaipur’s Chonp village
RCA secretary Mahendra Sharma has been quite open in sharing public information on the situation. As per his comments, it is understood that the RCA has already finalized the land for construction in Chonp; a village located 25-kilometres from the capital city of Jaipur on the Jaipur-Delhi highway. The RCA plans to commence the construction process in the next four months.
Sharma further offered insights on certain extra-cricket features that the RCA plans to incorporate in the stadium, which, as of now, does not have a name. He revealed that the stadium will have indoor games facilities, training academies, a clubhouse, and parking for up to 4000-vehicles. Additionally, the RCA plans to have 2 practice grounds on the stadium for domestic cricket matches. There will also be 2 restaurants, 30 practice-nets, and a 250-persons accommodating press conference room.
BCCI owes INR 90 Crore to the Rajasthan Cricket Association (3rd Largest Cricket Stadium Jaipur)
As for the financing, Sharma stated that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) currently owes INR 90 Crore to the RCA. The RCA plans on seeking an additional INR 100 Crore grant from the central cricket board. Furthermore, they plan on acquiring INR 60 Crore from selling the corporate boxes in the stadium.
Mehta and associates LLP and Delhi-based sports design consultancy firm, GRAS, will jointly oversee the 2-phased construction process. Phase-one will focus around building the first 45,000 seats; and by the time phase, two concludes, the stadium should have a seating capacity of 75,000, making it the 3rd largest cricket stadium in the world after the Motera’s Sardar Patel Stadium (1.10 lakhs) and Melbourne’s Melbourne Cricket Ground (1.02 lakhs). Sharma is confident that the construction process will be completed within 2-years.