Cricket is the most played game not only in India but also in the world. Cricket is one of the most popular sports in India, throughout Asia and some parts of Europe, Africa and Australia. In this article, we take a tour of the 10 largest cricket stadiums in the world based on viewer capacity.
World’s 10 largest cricket stadiums:
1: Sardar Patel Stadium or Motera Cricket Stadium, India
The Motera Stadium (officially known as Sardar Patel Stadium), is a cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. As of 2020, it is the largest cricket stadium in the world and the second largest stadium overall, with a seating capacity of 110,000 spectators. It is owned by the Gujarat Cricket Association and is a venue for Test, ODI, and T20I cricket matches.
Field size: 162 yards x 170 yards
Built: 12 November 1983
Location: Motera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Capacity: 110,000 (2020–present)
2: Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), also known colloquially as Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria. Founded and managed by the Melbourne Cricket Club, it is the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere, the 11th largest globally, and the second largest cricket ground by capacity after Motera Stadium.
Field size: 171 metres x 146 metres
Location: East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
3: Eden Gardens, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
The Eden Gardens is a cricket ground in Kolkata, India. Established in 1864, it is the oldest and second largest cricket stadium in India after the newly built Sardar Patel Stadium and third in the world after Sardar Patel Stadium and Melbourne Cricket Ground. The stadium currently has a capacity of 68,000. On 22 November 2019, the venue hosted the first ever day/night test match in India during second Test between India and Bangladesh.
Field size: 50 acres
Location: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
4: Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, India
The Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium or Naya Raipur International Cricket Stadium is a cricket field in the city of Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India. India’s former Cricket Captain Sunil Gavaskar has described this stadium as one of the best stadiums in the world. The first cricket match at this stadium was played in 2010 as a practice match between National cricket team of Canada and Chhattisgarh Ranji team. There is no international cricket match played in this stadium yet.
Field size: N/A
Location: Naya Raipur, Raipur District, Chhattisgarh, India
Capacity: 65,000 approx
5: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, India
The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is the principal cricket stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana, India and is the home ground of the Hyderabad Cricket Association. The first cricket match was held in this stadium from 12th to 16th November, 2010 between India and New Zealand as a Test match. This stadium is the home ground of IPL team Sunrise Hyderabad.
Field size: N/A
Location: Uppal, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
6: Greenfield International Stadium, India
The Sports Hub, Trivandrum, commonly known as Greenfield International Stadium, and formerly known as Trivandrum International Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Kerala, used mainly for association football and cricket. The stadium is located at Kariavattom in Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala, India. It was built on 36 acres of land leased by the Kerala University for ₹94 lakh (US$146,527.23) per year for a period of 15 years. The first cricket match was held in this stadium from 12th to 16th November, 2010 between India and New Zealand as a Test match. This stadium is the home ground of IPL team Sunrise Hyderabad.
Field size: 36 acres
Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Capacity: 55,000 approx.
7: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, India
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is a sports stadium located in New Delhi, India. It is named after the first Prime Minister of India. Primarily a venue for football and athletics, it is an all-seated 60,254 capacity stadium, designed and constructed to meet the international standards for stadiums set by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). It is the fourth largest stadium in India, 27th largest stadium in Asia and the 103rd largest stadium in the world, in terms of seating capacity.
Located in Kochi, Kerala, this stadium is used for conducting football matches besides cricket. The first cricket match played in this stadium between India and Australia on 1st April 1998, as ODI match.
Field size: 106 m × 68 m
Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India
Capacity: 60,254 approx.
8: DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
The DY Patil Stadium also known as DY Patil Sports Stadium is a football stadium at D. Y. Patil campus at Nerul in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It was designed by Hafeez Contractor. It is the second home ground of the club Mumbai City FC. The stadium also has hosted 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup matches. Located in Navi Mumbai, this stadium is also used for organizing football matches along with cricket. There is no international cricket match played in this stadium yet. The final matches of IPL 2008 and 2010 were held at this stadium.
Field size: N/A
Location: Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Capacity: 55,000 approx
9: Adelaide Oval, Australia
Adelaide Oval is a sports ground in Adelaide, South Australia, located in the parklands between the city centre and North Adelaide. The venue is predominantly used for cricket and Australian rules football, but has also played host to rugby league, rugby union, soccer, tennis among other sports as well as regularly being used to hold concerts. Austadiums.com described Adelaide Oval as being “one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in Australia, if not the world”. Due to its oval shape, this stadium is called Oval. The first cricket match at this stadium was played between Australia and England as a Test match from 12th to 16th December 1884.
Field size: 167 x 124 metres
Location: War Memorial Drive Adelaide, Australia
Capacity: 55,317 approx
10: Ekana Cricket Stadium, India
Not a single international cricket match has been organized so far in this stadium. The first cricket match held at this stadium was the league match of Dilip Trophy 2017-18. Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium or BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium (formerly Ekana International Cricket Stadium), commonly known as Ekana Cricket Stadium is an international standard cricket stadium in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. It is a stadium under public-private partnership. With a seating capacity of 50,000, it became the third largest international cricket stadium in India. Formerly known as the Ekana International Cricket Stadium, it was later renamed in the honor of the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a former Indian Prime Minister.
Field size: N/A
Location: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India