Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is the primary stadium in Hyderabad. Situated in Uppal, an eastern suburb of Hyderabad, the stadium complex is spread across 24 acres of land with a seating limit of 55,000. 

Fully finished in 2003 and extended to more than 16 acres of land, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium got rid of Hyderabad’s standing of being a high-scoring setting. The stadium is notable for its best in class office and has over the years facilitated a progression of global games alongside the matches in the Indian Premier League.

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Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium ©timetowander.com

Behold an architect’s view

“While ensuring a great viewing experience, it was important to cater to various aspects like player and spectator safety, sufficient player rejuvenation, great hospitality spaces for the corporate boxes, and ample avenues for top-notch security arrangements. We’re glad to have incorporated the best balance of all the likely things.” –Shashi Prabhu

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Shashi Prabhu ©SPA

Project Specifications

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is located near a hillock as a result of which the natural ground surface was undulating, having huge granite rock boulders. The stadium compasses a two-tier architecture in a way that the view of the pitch is not obstructed regardless of the seating position. 

The complex consists of a cricket stadium, a 550+ car parking facility, swimming pool, gymnasium with steam, sauna, and a jacuzzi, the practice pitches facility, and a compound wall with entrance gates at six locations. The cricket stadium comprises mainly the playfield and four spectators stand in the four directions namely south stand, north stand, east stand, and west stand.

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Seating Layout ©cricketnews.com

The spectators’ seating galleries have been constructed with precast concrete units to speed up the construction. The northern side has eight boxes on the ground floor and 12 on the first. Whereas, the southern side has 18 boxes on the ground floor and 24 boxes on the first-floor level. To allow the natural airflow of southwest winds, stand breaks have been installed in each of the stands.

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South Stand of the Stadium Source ©India Today

At the south & north stands, a Teflon Fibre roof is provided to reduce the self-weight of the roof. 

The stadium is open on the west and east stands and the roof spans over as a tensile canopy over the north-south stands. The roof has been designed in Teflon fibre by the architect. 

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Roofing System of the Stadium Source ©Issuu

A subsoil drainage system is provided to drain the rainwater quickly and maintain the levels accordingly. Also, the mote drain is provided with a dual purpose to drain the water and act as an obstruction to people entering the stadium and offers a view without fencing obstruction.

The pitch is oriented in a north-south direction. The turfgrass is maintained to an accurate level of 2mm to 4mm in the field.

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Pitch Report ©cricket365.com

The stadium stands for the floodlights with a near diameter of 1.3 meters with a backup.

Apart from the cricket premises, the stadium houses restaurants, retail, banquet halls and conference rooms. The stadium is equipped for complete evacuation in less than eight minutes as per international security and safety guidelines. The clubhouse complex comprises, among other facilities, an auditorium and a bowling alley.

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This straightforward, yet viable methodology, enlivened by the encompassing tough Hyderabad scene assists with saving support for huge spaces of the scene to a base and requires practically no water system. 

The need to re-energize neighborhood groundwater was distinguished as a significant issue during the plan interaction and scene territories were in this way intended to collect and hold however much water as could reasonably be expected. Over the long run, the gathered water will retain into the ground and help with improving the nearby groundwater levels.

The landscape design for the stadium is a blend of strong contemporary plan melded with a sound natural way of thinking. Vital to the scene plan reasoning was the formation of an exceptional and outwardly dazzling climate that actually kept a solid feeling of spot that was with regards to the encompassing characteristic and particularly rough scene character of Hyderabad. 

To accomplish this objective, a plant range was privately sourced, and native plant material and common rocks collected from the site during development were utilized as the key plan components all through the 800-hectare site. Broad embankments were made along the frontage roads, to make scene character and furthermore to control sees and make the visual screening. Local grass species were planted along these embankments. 

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Dazzling eyes on the visual and literary, Divya seeks to express her understanding of design methodologies and prowess in writing. Architecture for her is a deep impression with a reflection of serene apprehension that yearns the timeless themes of love, solitude, joy, and nature.

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