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    Glittering opening ceremony for new Pune stadium

    Pune: Pune Warriors franchisee owner Sahara India Pariwar hosted a grand opening ceremony ahead of their first home match against Kings XI Punjab at the new Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on Sunday.

    Bollywood divas, including Preity Zinta, Jacqueline Fernandes, Dia Mirza, Neha Dhupia, Prachi Desai, Sameera Reddy, Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra, performed in the ceremony. The inauguration was conducted by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Subrata Roy Sahara, managing worker and chairman of Sahara India Pariwar.

    Bachchan said, "Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium is not just a cricket stadium but a world-class hi-tech stadium which is built with a unique blend of art and technology, human mind and machine, dream and reality, and passion and dedication. In this stadium the warriors of today will show their might and the warriors of future will get trained."

    Thanking Bachchan, Roy said, "I am not worthy for these words and nor that such a beautiful stadium's name is kept in my name. It was my helplessness that I had to do this. Pune is my city and I love the people of Pune. I dedicate the stadium to the people of Pune and the citizens of our nation."