India is a home to several old and nouveau architectural marvels. Be the grand Taj Mahal or the walled fort of Kumbhalgarh, we have a lot to offer. Adding another feather in the architectural cap of India, is the D.Y. Patil Stadium of Navi Mumbai.
The D.Y. Patil Sports Stadium in Nerul serves as both a football and cricket stadium. Built by architect Hafeez Contractor, it was inaugurated in 2008 and has a seating capacity of 55,000. Since its opening, the stadium has been a venue for several IPL matches and a home of Mumbai Indians.
The stadium has several world-class facilities – buckets seats, parking lot and no pillars for an unrestricted view. It has two practice grounds.
The unique part about the stadium is that it possess a cantilevered gull wing roof, which ensures that no spectator has a restricted view. The stadium roof fabric was imported from Germany and makes it the largest first fabric roof building in the country.
The roof was changed and a new turf was laid just before the Justin Bieber concert earlier this year. In August 2017, D.Y. Patil Sports Academy president Vijay Patil said:
“We have put in a 500 KW solar plant to take care of more than 70 per cent of electrical requirements of the stadium.”
The seating capacity makes it the ninth largest stadium in the nation. The stadium also has 9 tennis hard courts, 4 indoor badminton courts and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
The architect, Hafeez Contractor, has created some of the best buildings in the nation. He is the man behind the Imperial Towers in Mumbai, the tallest residential building in India since 2010 and The 42 in Kolkata, which will become the tallest residential building upon its completion in 2018.
Born in a Parsi family in Mumbai, Contractor graduated from Mumbai University and Columbia University. He has often been called a “Starchitect” for the glitz he adds to his designs. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in January 2016 by the Government of India.