Mr. Mayank Tater 20, Jul 2022

International and franchise cricket are nothing without fans. The loud cheers and the enthusiasm these fans bring to the stadium create a great atmosphere and make the game more enjoyable and exciting to watch.

It is the dream of every cricket fan to witness the game of their favorite superstar live in the stadium. It is not just the players or the game that drives cricket buffs crazy, it is also the venue that plays a significant role in the predictions that every cricket fan makes.

Today, we take a tour of the world biggest cricket stadiums and also find out their seating capacity.

The top 10 world’s biggest cricket stadiums by capacity are as follows:

Rank

Stadium

City Capacity
1.

Narendra Modi Stadium

Ahmedabad,India 1,32,000
2.

Melbourne Cricket Stadium

Melbourne, Australia 97,000
3.

Eden Gardens

Kolkata, India 68,000
4.

Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium

Raipur, India 65,000
5.

Optus Stadium

Perth, Australia 61,266
6.

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

Hyderabad, India 55,000
7.

Greenfield International Stadium

Trivandrum, India 55,000
8.

Adelaide Oval

Adelaide, Australia 53,500
9.

Ekana Cricket Stadium

Lucknow , India 50,000
10.

M.A. Chidambaram Stadium

Chennai, India 50,000

1. Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Narendra Modi Stadium Ahmedabad - world largest cricket stadium

The newly renovated stadium, Narendra Modi Stadium (earlier known as Motera Cricket Stadium), is the largest stadium in India and the world. It is a world-class stadium located in Ahmedabad, Gujrat, India inside the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Conclave and has a seating capacity of 1,32,000. The stadium is owned by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) and is the home ground of the IPL team Gujarat Titans.

  • The stadium hosted a pink ball test in India.
  • The stadium also recently hosted the IPL Final 2022 between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals.

2. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne

The MCG, or the “G”, as the people of Melbourne like to call it, is Australia’s biggest sporting venue and is located in Melbourne, Victoria. It is a picturesque venue, having three-tier stands, and provides a great view for the spectators. It has a seating capacity of close to 97,000 and records huge audiences for various events.

The MCG has hosted the 2015 ICC World Cup Final, the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup Final (which was attended by 86,174 people and broke many attendance records), and is now set to host the T20 World Cup Final in 2022. It has also hosted the Olympics in 1956. MCG is the 2nd world largest cricket stadium.

3. Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India

Situated in Kolkata, Eden Gardens is the oldest and second-largest stadium in India.

The Eden Gardens is also referred to as the ‘home of Indian cricket’ thanks to the craze for cricket in Kolkata. It has a seating capacity of 68,000 currently and had a capacity of 100,000 in the past.

The outfield here is really fast and the boundary sizes are short. Eden Gardens is often called a batsman’s paradise as a lot of runs are scored here. The stadium has hosted several world cup matches, the historic 2001 India-Australia test, and the first-ever pink ball test in India.

4. Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Raipur, India

Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Raipur, India

It is the 3rd largest cricket stadium in India and is located in Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The stadium has a seating capacity of 65,000 and has been appreciated by many former cricketers for its beauty, infrastructure, and facilities of the stadium. It recently hosted the Road Safety World Series in 2020-21 participated by legends of the game, including Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Kevin Peterson, etc.

5. Perth(Optus) Stadium, Perth-

Perth(Optus) Stadium, Perth

The newly-built Optus Stadium is now the premier sports venue in Perth, Australia, replacing the WACA. The stadium is primarily used for cricket and Australian rules football, along with other sports and events like concerts. The stadium has a capacity of 61,266 (oval), which can be extended to 65,000 for rectangular sports and 70,000 for concerts. The stadium is home to the Perth Scorchers team in the Big Bash League. The venue, opened in 2018,  is a regular feature in the Australian cricket team’s home summer and hosts tests as well as white-ball cricket.

6. Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad

The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is located in the Eastern suburb of Uppal, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is an amazing sports venue providing a great view of the action to the fans sitting in the stands. It has a seating capacity of 55,000 and has hosted 5 Tests, 6 ODIs, and 2 T20Is so far. It is the home ground of the Hyderabad-based franchise – Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The boundary sizes are big here although the wicket is flat for batting and the crowd gets to see a lot of high-scoring matches here.

7. Greenfield International Stadium, Trivandrum, India

Greenfield International Stadium, Trivandrum

This is the largest cricket stadium in South India located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It is built with both FIFA and ICC regulations and is used for both cricket and football matches. The venue is spread across 36 acres of land and the ground has a seating capacity of  55,000. The stadium has only hosted 2 T20 internationals and 1 ODI so far but promises to host many more international fixtures in the coming years. Greenfield Stadium is also India’s first fully eco-friendly stadium as it is surrounded by green plants and also has a rain-water harvesting facility.

8. Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Adelaide Oval, established by the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) is located in the parklands between the city center and North Adelaide, Australia. The Adelaide Oval is mostly used for cricket and AFL but also hosts various sports like rugby, soccer, tennis, etc. occasionally. It has a seating capacity of 53,500 with grass banks and stands combined. The stadium has beautiful statues of former legends built around it. The place is the home venue of the BBL team Adelaide Strikers and many cricket matches are played at the Adelaide Oval in the summers.

9. Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium

Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium

The Ekana Cricket Stadium is situated in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India and was renamed after Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a former Indian prime minister. The stadium has a seating capacity of 50,000. It is the home ground of the new IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) which was captained by KL Rahul and coached by Gautam Gambhir. The ground has the longest straight boundaries compared to all other cricket stadiums in India. On 6th November 2018, Ekana hosted its first international match, a T20I between India and West Indies becoming the 52nd cricket venue to host an international game.

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10. M.A. Chidambaram Stadium

M.A. Chidambaram Stadium

The M.A.Chidambaram Stadium commonly known as the Chepauk Stadium among cricket enthusiasts is located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The stadium has a capacity of 50,000 with almost all yellow seats in the stands. It is the home ground of the 2nd most successful IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and brings in a lot of passionate and knowledgeable cricket fans. The first test played here was in 1933-34 between India (led by CK Nayudu and England (led by Douglas Jardine).

The India vs Australia test played in Chepauk in 1986-87 was the 2nd tied test match in the history of Test cricket.

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Conclusion

To conclude, we can say that the top 10 largest cricket stadiums in the world are in India and Australia, as both these nations are cricket crazy and see huge attendances. While England has a lot of old and traditional cricket stadiums, India and Australia keep building new ones one after the other. With the advent of the IPL, the capacities of stadiums in India are bound to increase as each city-based franchise wants to bring in more and more fans.

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