Top Cricket Stadiums in India
The most popular sport in India is Cricket. It is said that BCCI’s estimated annual income in 2019 – 2020 is INR 3730 crores. This sport has huge profits and as this sport is loved by many, there are about 52 international cricket stadiums in India. Some of the cricket stadiums are listed below.
Arun Jaitley Stadium
Arun Jaitley stadium was established in 1883. This stadium was formerly known as Feroz Shah Kotla ground. This stadium is the second oldest international Indian cricket stadium after Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.
This stadium is the home ground of the IPL team Delhi Capitals. It is owned by Delhi District Cricket Association and has a capacity of about 41,820. This stadium was renamed after the former Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley.
This stadium was established in 1958. It is located in Cuttack, India.
Eden Gardens is the oldest cricket ground in India. This stadium was established in 1864. It is the home ground of the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders. It is the second-largest cricket stadium after Narendra Modi stadium. This stadium has a capacity of 80000 and is operated by the Cricket Association of Bengal.
This great Eden gardens is referred to as the home of Indian cricket and it is also regarded as a batsman’s paradise and the “Mecca of Indian Cricket”. Another notable thing about this stadium is, it is the second stadium to host the World Cup final in 1987.
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Gandhi stadium is located in Jalandhar, India. It is formerly called Burlton Park or B.S. Bedi Stadium.
Green Park Stadium
Green park stadium is located in Kanpur, India. This stadium was formerly known as Modi Stadium. It was established in 1945. This is the home ground for the Uttar Pradesh cricket team and is situated near the holy river, Ganga. This stadium has nicknames like Billiards Table, Woolmer’s turf. Another special feature about this stadium is it is the only stadium in the country where a student gallery is available.
Indira Gandhi Stadium
This stadium was established in 1969 and was formerly known as a Municipal stadium.
Jawaharlal Nehru stadium
This cricket stadium was established in 1982 and this was formerly known as Pandit JLN cricket ground. This is situated in New Delhi, India.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium
This stadium was established in 1969. It is formerly known as the Karnataka State cricket association. At first, this stadium was possessed by the Indian Army. This stadium is the home ground for IPL team Royal challengers Bangalore. This is the stadium where Sunil Gavaskar played his last Test Innings against Pakistan.
This stadium has a seating capacity of about 40000. This stadium is leased out to the Karnataka State Cricket Association for 100 years. The interesting thing about this stadium is that it is the first cricket stadium in the world to use solar panels to generate electricity to run the stadium.
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Narendra Modi Stadium
This stadium was established in 1982. It is formerly known as Gujarat Stadium and Sardar Patel Stadium. This stadium was named after Mr. Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India. This stadium is also known as Motera Stadium. In 2021, this stadium became the largest stadium in the world. It has a 1,32,000 seating capacity.
Most of the international matches occur in this stadium. To rebuild this stadium in 2020, it is estimated to cost about Rs. 800 crores. This stadium was renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium on the 24th of February, 2021.
Prime Minister Modi insisted on building it as a large stadium after he was inspired by the Melbourne Cricket ground. First, the stadium was about to be renovated but the plans were changed.
Outside the main ground, this stadium provides many features like Olympic sized swimming pool, badminton and tennis court, squash arena, Indoor cricket academy, Table tennis area, etc. In addition to that, it accommodates about 3000 cars and 10000 two-wheelers.
Not only this but also this stadium has four dressing rooms for players which is currently the only cricket stadium in the world.
One of the major events in this stadium is the Namaste Trumps and it was hosted by Former US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
It is located in Dehradun, India, and formerly called Dehradun International Stadium. It was established in 2018. This stadium is the first International stadium in Uttarakhand.
It has a capacity of 25,000 seatings and it is owned by the Government of Uttarakhand. This stadium is the second home ground for the Afghanistan Cricket team in India.
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This stadium is located in Baroda India, 10 kilometers from Vadodara, and is formerly known as Indian Petrochemicals. This stadium was established in 1990.
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium
This stadium is also known as Khandheri Cricket Stadium which is situated in Rajkot, India. It was established in 2009. Many One Day International matches have been played in this stadium.
It has a capacity of 28,000. It was owned by the Saurashtra Cricket Association. The first international match was held in 2013 for the first time in this stadium.
Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium
This stadium is located in Ahmedabad, India. After the opening of Motera Stadium, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium has not got many sports offers.
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium
This Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium is situated in Raipur, India. It was established in 2008 and is also known as the International Cricket stadium. This is the second-largest cricket stadium in India.
It was the home ground for IPL team Mumbai Indians and can accommodate 5000 people. This stadium is owned by the Cricket Club of India. It was established in 1937.
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Greenfield International Stadium
It is also known as the Sports hub of Trivandrum. But it is formerly known as Trivandrum International stadium. It became a multi-purpose stadium where cricket and football are played.
This stadium is owned by Kerala University and has capacity of about 55000. It is the first eco-friendly stadium in India and it is surrounded by green plants with a rainwater harvesting facility.
Wankhede stadium is located in Mumbai, India. This stadium was established in 1974. The full name of this stadium is Sheshrao Krushnarao Wankhede Stadium. It is one of the biggest and most renowned cricket stadiums in India. This is the home ground of the IPL team Mumbai Indians and Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy team.
This stadium was renovated for the 2011 Cricket World Cup and has a capacity of 33,108. India became the first country to win the World cup on home soil after winning the 2011 cricket World cup final.
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