With the Corporation Council giving the nod, the EMS Corporation Stadium is gearing up to host international cricket matches. Architect R K Remesh has prepared the design of the 31-crore project, which has facilities, including floodlights, media rooms and dressing rooms for players and officials and facilities for CCTV coverage. As per the design, the Grand Stand Pavilion has been set 30 m away from the present location so as to fix the boundary with a buffer zone of 3 m distance as per the norms of ICC.
It was on July 1, 2008 that the Corporation decided to renovate the Grand Stand Pavilion with all required facilities to conduct international cricket matches and designated Remesh with the task of preparing a plan. Later, the plan was approved by the Chief Town Planner on October 29, 2011. However, during this time the National Games Secretariat took over the renovation works of the stadium for the 35th edition of the National Games to be held in the state.
According to the Corporation officials, the project was approved, with the parking complex also to be constructed along with the Grand Stand Pavilion, in the council meeting held on January 28. Mayor A K Premajam says that the Corporation decided to bring in international standards in the stadium to host cricket matches so as to boost the sports culture of the city.
Earlier, the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) had proposed a plan, of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Corporation authorities, regarding the annual maintenance and development of the EMS Corporation Stadium, which will enable the stadium to host both cricket and football matches. Many soccer fans in the city expressed displeasure over this move and the signing of the MoU has not materialised yet.
A M Najeeb, Kozhikode District Cricket Association president, says that the stadium has the infrastructure to conduct international cricket matches. “The floodlights installed in the stadium will enable it to host day and night matches,” he says.
The construction of the grand stand at the Corporation stadium, which is under way, will adhere to international standards. Around 3,000 spectators can watch the match from the grand stand. It will have state-of-the-art facilities, including a VVIP lounge with seating capacity for 200, a VIP lounge, a dressing room for players and a media centre. Based on the agreement with the National Games Secretariat, the civic body will provide 45 per cent of the construction cost and the rest will be chipped in by the Games Secretariat.
The main attraction of the renovated stadium will be the parking complex. The multilevel parking facility will be constructed in an area of over 33596.80 sq m and will have the capacity to accommodate 800 vehicles, including two-wheelers, cars and heavy vehicles.
The plan includes commercial space in the first floor. It will accommodate around 100 shops in an area of 3,768 sq m. There is also a proposal to construct a multiplex with three theatres, in the seventh floor.
Besides, the multi-level parking facility will have automated machines, separate lifts for passengers and vehicle lifts. There will also be two ramps of 5 m width.
Architect R K Remesh says that with the multi-level parking facility, the authorities can avert traffic congestion in the moffusil bus stand area, on Mavoor Road and Mananchira while matches go on at the stadium.
According to the National Games Secretariat officials, the first phase of the construction works, which is under way, will be completed by this month.