Cricket may not be among the most popular games in the US, but it has a huge following in the rest of the world. The game is the second most popular sport globally with an estimated following of over 2.5 billion fans. While the sport doesn't feature among the top in terms of finances, it boasts some of the biggest stadiums in the world. This article rounds up the top 5 biggest cricket stadiums by capacity.
Sardar Patel Stadium
Also known as Motera Cricket Stadium, Sardar Patel is the biggest cricket stadium, overshadowing even some renowned soccer stadiums. The stadium was built in 1982, and initially, it had a capacity of 49,000. It was later renovated and expanded, and when it opened in 2020, the stadium set a new record with a 110,000 capacity. Located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, the stadium's cost is estimated to be in the region of US$110 million.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Before the completion of the Motera, the Melbourne Cricket Ground held the record for the biggest cricket stadium. The stadium was opened in 1853 and is home to several soccer teams besides cricket. Popularly known as the G, the stadium has a capacity of 100,024 and features in some of the best cricket games on mobile, as well as consoles.
Dubbed the 'Mecca of Indian Cricket', the Eden Gardens in Kolkata is the 3rd biggest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity of 80,000 though at one time its capacity was 100,000 plus. Owned by the Indian Army, the stadium was opened in 1864 and hosted the first cricket match in 1934, a game that pitted the hosts India vs England. The stadium is home to Eastbengal FC, and Kolkata Knight Riders besides the Indian cricket team.
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium
Established in 2008, this is the 4th largest cricket stadium in the world and boasts a capacity of 65,000. It has been hailed as one of the best cricket stadiums by cricket icons including Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian cricket team captain, and Irfan Pathan, the former Gujarat Lions star. The first cricket match on the stadium pitted the Canadian national team against the Chhattisgarh cricket team in 2010. It has also hosted a half marathon in 2012.
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Established in 2003, Rajiv Gandhi boasts a capacity of 55,000 making it the 5th biggest cricket stadium in the world. Operated by Hyderabad Cricket Association, it is home to the Indian cricket team, Hyderabad cricket team, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The stadium hosted the final opener and closing game of the 2017 Indian Premier League as well as the 2019 Indian Premier League final game. A similar stadium is represented in the Cricket Manager App from Wicket Gaming.
These are the top 5 biggest cricket stadiums in the world. The Greenfield International Stadium, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and DY Patil Sports Stadium tie at 6th with a capacity of 55,000. Closing the list is Adelaide Oval and Ekana International Cricket Stadium with 55,853 and 50,000 respectively.