18 January, 2011

IPL Venues

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

Location: Dharamsala, HP
Capacity: 21000
End names: River End, College End
Home team: Himachal Pradesh


The stadium hosts all of Himachal's Pradesh Ranji Trophy matches and other limited overs matches. The ground could host international cricket in the future, after it was recommended by Dav Whatmore, the former Director of the Indian National Cricket Academy and current coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders.

The venue is unique in India as it is situated at a height of 1,457 mts above sea level and has snow capped mountains in the backdrop. The first international team that played here was the Pakistan national cricket team, that played a tour match against an Indian Board President's XI in 2005.

 DY Patil Stadium

DY Patil Stadium
Seating Capacity: 55000
Location: Mumbai, India


Mumbai's third, and newest, full-fledged cricket stadium stands out for its design and its spectator-friendly seating arrangements. The capacity of 55,000 makes it the second-largest cricket ground in India after the Eden Gardens.

Owned by the DY Patil Sports Academy, the ground lies inside the DY Patil University campus in Nerul.

Brabourne Stadium

Brabourne Stadium
Seating Capacity:  20000       Location:  Mumbai
The Brabourne Stadium was built on a piece of land reclaimed from the sea which Lord Brabourne, Governor of Bombay, presented to the Cricket Club of India after being tempted with an offer of immortality in the bargain. It was officially opened on December 7, 1937. Sachin Tendulkar made the first double century of his first-class career during Mumbai's win over Australia in 1997-98. International cricket returned to the venue after a 11-year hiatus, when it hosted five 2006 Champions Trophy games. It was later named a Test venue for England's tour of India in 2008, marking a revival after 35 years.

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium  


VCA Stadium
    Seating capacity: 45000
Jamtha, Nagpur

Situated about 15 kms from Nagpur, Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium  replaced the old VCA Ground and hosted its first Test between India and Australia in November 2008. 



 Sardar Patel Stadium

Sardar Patel Stadium                                     
Seating Capacity: 48000
Location: Ahmedabad
Established: 1982

Also known as the Motera, the Sardar Patel Stadium, which is named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, was built in 1982 on the banks of the Sabarmati River.

The ground is special to both Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev. It was at this ground that Gavaskar became the first batsman ever to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket and it was at this ground that Kapil took his 432nd wicket in Test cricket to pass Sir Richard Hadlee's record, thus becoming the highest wicket taker in Test cricket at that time.

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