From F1 Circuit To Olympic Stadiums: Is Gujarat Becoming The New Sports Capital Of India?


India’s future endeavour in sports has been primarily circumnavigating the state of Gujarat. From the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera- the largest stadium in the world, to plans of setting up Olympic standard venues, the Western state has become a prominent prospect of a future powerhouse.

Now, adding to the above, the state is also planning to build the second Formula One track in the country.

Gujarat Government planning to set up racetrack in GIFT city

India has observed a steady growth in its motorsport fanbase. From F1 to MotoGP, the country has been garnering an increase in the fan following of the pinnacles of motorsport, and with more and more participation of Indian drivers, India’s population is a ripe soil for future motorsport endeavours.

The State Government has recently mulled to set up an F1 circuit in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, also known as GIFT City, in Gandhinagar. It will be the country’s second F1 circuit, after the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.

As of now, Buddh remains the only international standard track in the country which has the capacity to host top tier motorsport events, and has hosted the MotoGP Bharat 2023 back in September.

However, keeping in mind the growing motorsport crowd in the country, the Government of Gujarat is planning to bring forth a second international level racetrack at the banks of the Sabarmati, placing India as one of the major venues on the international motorsports scene.

Gujarat continues to remain a staple in the country’s sporting environment

The state of Gujarat is once again on the headlines as the sporting scene in the country is engaged with the implementation of a second racetrack. The state has been principal regarding India’s latest endeavours in sports.

Back in February 2020, the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera was inaugurated as the largest stadium in the world, with a capacity of 132,000 spectators, and has become a staple of both domestic as well as international cricket. 

On top of that, Gujarat is now in the works to get five international-level stadiums. Back in December last week, reports had emerged that one of them is proposed to be set up as a football stadium of Olympics standards, which will place India as a future prospect in hostping the Olympics.

And now, with the talks of the state getting the second international level racetrack in the country, there remains little to no doubt to consider Gujarat as the future leader in sporting endeavours in India.

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