To make cricket more fun, the cricket boards of different countries demanded the construction of big stadiums. Here is a glimpse of some of the biggest cricket stadiums in the world.
In today’s era, cricket has become the most watched and discussed game in the world after football, and to make it more fun and attractive, different formats are being used in different places of the world. Its effect is being seen directly in the people, cricket has achieved a different position in India in the last 10 years and the biggest credit goes to BCCI.
A big stadium helps the more people come to watch the match, the better the environment for the players to play in. Keep reading this article to check the ten largest cricket stadiums in the world.
List of 10 Largest Cricket Stadiums in the World
1. Narendra Modi Stadium
Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium is a huge stadium built in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. This stadium has the capacity to host 1,32,000 people simultaneously. This stadium was earlier known as Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Stadium, which has witnessed many memorable cricket matches, some important matches played in it as 1987, 1996, and 2011 World Cup matches. Narendra Modi Stadium is one of the biggest cricket stadiums in the world, with a seating capacity of more than 1,10,000 people.
To date, 14 Test matches, 27 ODIs and 6 20 over international matches have been played in this stadium and many IPL matches have been played, in which the most important 2022 IPL final match was played, whose record is included in the Guinness Book of World Records. 1,01,566 spectators came to watch this match, which is the highest number of spectators watching the match together to date.
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne Cricket Ground is known as Australia’s largest stadium. It is the second-largest Cricket stadium in the world. The people there lovingly call this stadium DG. This stadium is in the city of Melbourne, Australia.
World Cup matches of 1992 and 2015 were played in this stadium, and the opening ceremony of the 2026 Commonwealth is also going to be held on this ground. The capacity of this stadium is 1,00,024, this stadium has also been included in the Victorian Heritage List, and this stadium gives a distinct identity to the city of Melbourne on the world map.
3. Eden Gardens
Kolkata’s Eden Gardens comes at number three in the list of largest cricket stadiums in the world, which was built in 1864. Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run scorer in this stadium. This stadium is also the evidence of the record of most runs made by a player in ODI cricket, which is in the name of Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma played a mammoth inning of 264 runs against Sri Lanka at this stadium. Many memorable matches have been played in this stadium, including the 1987 ODI World Cup, the 2016 Women’s T20 International Cricket World Cup and the 2016 ICC World T20. This stadium has been kept as the home ground of the Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL.
4. Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium
This stadium is in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India, although not a single international match has been played in this stadium yet. The capacity of this stadium is currently 65000 spectators. So far, only IPL matches have been played in this stadium, which this ground was made the home ground of the IPL team Delhi Capitals.
5. Perth Stadium
Perth Stadium, also known as Optus Stadium, is a stadium built in Perth, Australia. This is a multipurpose stadium in which many different sports are played apart from cricket. Although this stadium was completed in 2017, the first match was played on 28 January 2018. This stadium has the capacity to seat about 65000 spectators.
6. Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
This stadium is in Hyderabad, Telangana, which is the home ground of the Indian cricket team as well as the Hyderabad team of the IPL. The special thing about this stadium is that it shows how much the feeling of people in India is related to cricket.
A temple has been built inside this stadium, which is believed to help the home team win by worshipping here; however, the real purpose of building the temple was not in accordance with the Vastu philosophy of the dressing room. The total capacity of this stadium is 60000. The first international match in this stadium was played in November 2005 between India and South Africa.
7. Jawaharlal Nehru Cricket Stadium Kochi
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the city of Kochi in Kerala hosts football as well as cricket, although it has not played international matches in the last several years. It was first opened in 1996 and the first international match was played between India and Australia in April of the same year.
You will be surprised to know that Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for taking the most wickets at this ground. The capacity of this stadium is also 60000. The Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kochi is one of the largest cricket stadiums in the world where football match also takes place.
8. Greenfield International Cricket Stadium
This stadium has been included as one of the world’s best cricket stadiums. This stadium is built in Trivandrum, Karela, and has a total capacity of 55000. This stadium also has arrangements for indoor games like table tennis, badminton, volleyball and OLYMPIC size swimming pool. The total cost to build this stadium has been said to be 390 crores. The first international match in this stadium was played on 7 November 2017 between India and New Zealand.
9. DY Patil Stadium
This stadium is built in Navi Mumbai, Mumbai, and has a total capacity of 53500, although not a single international match has been played in this stadium so far. In 2009, the first international match was to be played between India and Australia, but that match was cancelled due to rain. DY Patil Stadium has been an important part of IPL 2022, where 33% of the matches of IPL 2022 were played.
10. Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, generally known as Ekana Cricket Stadium, is an international cricket stadium in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh state in India. Formerly known as the Ekana International Cricket Stadium, it was renamed in honour of the former Prime minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The stadium has been considered to host the home matches of the IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants from the 2023 season.