Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World
In cricket, like in any sport, a very important role belongs to none other than the audience – the people who take sick-leave and stay glued in front of the television. And, if they are lucky, they even get to the stadium to cheer for their team. The players find their greatest strength from the audience, while the opponents get weak in the knees. To accommodate large crowds of people is one of the key goals of a stadium, not only to cheer for the home team, but also to allow people from all over the world to come and witness a great game, or be there to support their own team in foreign land. Let us take a look at Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World.
Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World
10. Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
Feroz Shah Kotla stadium is located in Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Delhi, and is the current home of the IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils. The stadium is the second oldest fully-functional international cricket stadium after the Eden Gardens in India. This stadium is noted for its cauldron-like atmosphere and immense support for the home team. The Indian national cricket team has been undefeated at this stadium for more than 20 years. The stadium, with its current official capacity of 55,000 is inducted in the tenth place in our list of Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World. It witnessed 10 wickets in an innings by Anil Kumble against Pakistan, and also witnessed the 35th test century by Sachin Tendulkar while becoming the batsman with most international Test centuries.
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9. Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
Maharastra Cricket Association Stadium is located in Pune, India, and is the current home of the Maharashtra state cricket team. This stadium is also the headquarters for the Maharashtra Cricket Association and Indian Premier League franchise Pune Warriors. The stadium was designed by Hopkins Architects of London as a 36,000 seat stadium and was later improved to its current seating arrangement. The stadium, with its current official capacity of 55,000, is inducted in the ninth place in our list of Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World. This stadium hosted its first match between Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors in April 2012 after its inauguration on the same month.
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8. Trivandrum International Stadium
Trivandrum International Stadium, also known as Green Field Stadium, is located in the suburb of Thiruvananthapuram city in Kerala, India. This stadium is the first “Design Build Operate and Transfer” model outdoor stadium in India. The stadium is also the first Indian stadium to be constructed with both the FIFA regulations and International Cricket Council norms. Trivandrum International Stadium features a gymnasium and spa, tennis court, Olympic size swimming pool, a club house with five star facilities, open convention cum trade cum exhibition centre, food courts, retail outlets and many more. The stadium, with its current official capacity of 55,000, is inducted in the eighth place in our list of Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World.
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7. Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is located in Hyderabad, India, and is currently used as the home ground of Hyderabad state cricket team, and Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Deccan Chargers of the Indian Premier League. This stadium was first proposed by HCA to the government of Andhra Pradesh in 2003. The name of this stadium was proposed by former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy to honor the former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi. The stadium with its current official capacity of 55,000 is inducted in the seventh place in our list of Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World. The north end of this stadium was named after Indian cricketer VVS Laxman as a tribute upon his retirement from professional cricket.
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6. Docklands Stadium
Docklands Stadium, also known as the Etihad Stadium due to its sponsorship, is located in the Docklands precinct of Melbourne, Victoria. The stadium was built with an estimated construction cost of A$460 million between 1997 and 2000. This stadium was also previously known as Victoria Stadium, Colonial Stadium and Telstra Dome. Docklands Stadium, besides its connection with cricket, also used for Australian Rules football and is the current home of the Australian Football League. The stadium with its current official capacity of 56,347 is inducted in the sixth place in our list of Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World. This stadium recently announced its signup of a 5-year contract deal to host the Speedway Grand Prix of Australia from 2015.
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5. Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium
Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium is located in Kochi, Kerala, and is the current home ground of Kerala Blasters FC. The stadium was built in 1996 by the Greater Cochin Development Authority in association with the Government of Kerala. Due to its unique and distinctive architecture, the stadium is widely known as one of the noisiest cricket stadium in the planet. The stadium, with its current official capacity of 60,000, is inducted in the fifth place in our list of Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World. This stadium features 2 kW Floodlights which can provide amazing lighting levels for HD telecast even during night time. Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium is rumored to host matches of 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
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4. Gaddafi Stadium
Gaddafi Stadium is located in Lahore, Pakistan, and was named in honor of the former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 1974. The stadium is the current home of Pakistan national team, Lahore Lions and Lahore Eagles. This stadium was designed by Daghestani-born architect and engineer Nasreddin Murat-Khan and constructed by Mian Abdul Khaliq and Company in 1959. This ground hosted the final of the 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup and also hosted the 1990 Hockey World Cup Final between Pakistan and Netherlands. The stadium, with its current official capacity of 60,400, is inducted in the fourth place in our list of Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World. The Sri Lankan team was attacked by armed militants near this stadium on 3rd March 2009.
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3. Raipur International Cricket Stadium
Raipur International Cricket Stadium is located in the city of Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh, and is described as one of the best stadiums in India by legendary retired batsman Sunil Gavaskar. Indian pace-bowler Irfan Pathan also stated, “When opportunities are created, and such facilities are in place, there is the hope that cricketers will emerge. I hope to play again at this wonderful venue.” Raipur stadium is known as the second host venue for IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils and hosted two of its matches. The stadium hosted its first ever event in 2010, a cricket practice match between Canada national cricket and the Chhattisgarh state team. The stadium, with its current official capacity of 65,000, is inducted in the third place in our list of Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World.
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2. Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens is located in Kolkata, India, and is the current home of Bengal cricket team and IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. This stadium is the largest cricket stadium in India and is often referred as the “cricket’s answer to the Colosseum“. The stadium hosted the historic 199th Test match of Sachin Tendulkar. Eden Gardens with its current official capacity of 90,000 is inducted in the second place in our list of Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World. The stadium witnessed the highest score ever of 264 runs off 173 balls in ODI by Rohit Sharma during its 150th anniversary on 13th November, 2014. Eden Gardens is also referred to as one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the planet and is the dream for any cricket star to achieve a great innings on the stadium in front of a huge crowd.
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1. Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, nicknamed “The G”, is located in Yarra Park, Melbourne, and is the current home of Melbourne Cricket Club, Victoria Bushrangers and Melbourne Stars. This ground is the largest stadium in Australia and the 13th-largest stadium in the world. MCG also features the highest light towers among any sports venue in the world. Melbourne Cricket Ground with its current official capacity of 100,024 is inducted in the top place in our list of Top 10 Largest Cricket Grounds in the World. This stadium witnessed its record audience of 130,000 in 1959 for a Billy Graham evangelistic crusade. Melbourne Cricket Ground previously hosted matches of 1956 Summer Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 1992 Cricket World Cup and currently hosting matches of 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
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One of the main reasons why the home ground becomes a factor for winning is the psychological effect upon the players, who find confidence in performing in front of their fans and supporters. Being confident and brave is half the battle won, while the opponents, knowing that there are thousands of people watching them and waiting for them to fail, and find it reassuring to see their own jersey-clad supporters. Stadiums are where the true spirit of every cricket game is palpable.