India has always been a sports-crazy nation, but the obsession with cricket in the country is incomparable to any other game. This is because of the tremendous success Indian cricket saw over the years. And, it would not be an overstatement to say that life of a cricket viewer comes to a standstill when Indian cricketers play in the field.
Now, with the 2023 Cricket World Cup taking place in India, Indian cricket association has already started setting up new stadiums or at least making the bigger ones to attract more audience and improve revenue generation. Along with revenues generated from cricket directly, lucrative sporting leagues also create prospects to reap benefits from additional businesses such as stadium construction, hospitality, tourism and more.
No doubt, the seating capacity of a stadium has a massive impact on the revenues. If we talk about the world’s biggest cricket ground, The Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, it has a seating capacity of 100,024. And India is all set to break this record by constructing Ahmadabad stadium which will surpass the seating capacity of MCG.
Here are the five big cricket stadiums which are under construction in India and Bangladesh. Have a look:
1. Gwalior International Cricket Stadium, India
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Madhya Pradesh, which is a home of a large number of cricket grounds, will boast a new international cricket stadium- Gwalior International Cricket Stadium. The contract of designing this project was given to VMS. It is said that the proposed stadium will have a seating capacity of 60000 spectators. Currently, there are around 19 local and three international cricket stadiums in Madhya Pradesh. Additionally, four more cricket grounds are under construction in this state.
2. Purbachal International Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh
Bangladesh has around 4 cricket grounds, which are used to host international cricket matches. Out of these- Sher-e-Bangla national cricket stadium is the most popular. However, the low seating capacity of only 26,000 audience in this stadium becomes a big obstacle in revenue generation. That is why the Ministry of Sports Bangladesh Cricket Board has given the construction contract to Capital Development Authority to create a new cricket stadium with seating capacity of around 70,000 spectators. The name of this ground is decided to be Purbachal Cricket Stadium. It is planned that the construction work will be completed in the year 2022.
3. Bhim Rao Ambedkar International Cricket Ground, India
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Although the Green Park Stadium of Uttar Pradesh has always been popular for hosting several impressive cricket matches, the latest Bhim Rao Ambedkar International Cricket Ground is ready to break the records created by the Green Park Stadium. It has the seating capacity of 88000. Situated in Faizabad of Uttar Pradesh, the work of this stadium started in the year 2014 and assumed to be completed in the year 2019. The project is funded by the state government.
4. Sheikh Kamal International Stadium, Bangladesh
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Located at Gopalganj in Bangladesh, Sheikh Kamal International Stadium is also under renovation. Earlier, the seating capacity of this cricket ground was only 7500, which was not sufficient enough to attract a vast number of cricket lovers. Hence, Bangladesh Cricket Board and the Government made a plan to give a makeover to this stadium and increase its seating capacity to 100,000. It was built on leased land from Cox's Bazar Golf Course. Established in the year 2014, the first match that was played in this ground was a Women’s One Day International.
5. Sardar Patel International Stadium, India
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Currently, the world’s largest cricket ground is Melbourne Cricket Ground of Australia in terms of seating capacity. But, in the coming years, the record set by this Australian ground will be broken by Sardar Patel International Cricket Stadium located in Ahmadabad, India. The contract of the renovation of this stadium was given to Larsen & Turbo (L&T) in 2015. It will be a big transformation for this stadium as the seating capacity of this will be increased around 110000, which is much larger than MCG that can accommodate only 1,00,024 spectators.