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How Many Cricket Stadiums are there in the USA?

Currently, there are at least 34 cricket stadiums in USA (including grounds, parks, etc.), two of which have been certified by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and 24 local cricket grounds are being used by Minor League Cricket teams. Additionally, five more upcoming stadiums are currently being planned.

These stadiums are located all across the US, from California to Florida, North Carolina to Texas, and Georgia to name a few. Their sizes range from large-scale venues with plenty of seating space to small grassy fields that are more intimate in size.

In the United States, cricket has gained more popularity in recent years, leading to the development of cricket stadiums in various parts of the country. This article will discuss how many cricket stadiums are in the United States, which ones they are, and what kind of events they host. Read on to discover more about cricket stadiums in America!

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1. List of Cricket Stadiums in the United States

At present, there are at least two international-level cricket stadiums in the United States, with plans to expand the number up to five to ten in the near future.

These include:

  1. Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill, Florida (10000 seating capacity, ICC status for ODI & T20 cricket)
  2. Church Street Park in Morrisville, North Carolina (3500 permanent seating with potential expansion to 5000 seats)
  3. AirHogs Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas (7000 seating capacity with a potential expansion to 20000 seats)
  4. Smart Choice Moosa Stadium in Pearland, Texas (near Houston)
  5. Indianapolis World Sports Park in Indianapolis, Indiana
  6. Leo Magnus Cricket Complex, ‘Woodley’ Park in Los Angeles, California

Each of these stadiums has its own unique history and features that make it an exciting place to watch cricket. Most of them host domestic and international matches, as well as tournaments and development programs for the sport itself.

Upcoming Cricket Stadiums in the USA

Apart from existing cricket stadiums, there are also four upcoming venues in plan — each with varying seating capacities and location.

  1. Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington
  2. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, California
  3. An upcoming proposed stadium in Orange County, California
  4. New York Oval. in New York
  5. Marine Park in Brooklyn, Spring Creek Park in Queens, or Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens (Shortlisted locations for a possible major cricket stadium in the New York area)

It is expected that the stadiums in the Bay Area and Washington may each seat around 10,000-20,000 spectators with a cost of $30 million combined.

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Historic & Smaller Cricket Grounds in the United States

Apart from the major stadiums, there are also numerous smaller cricket grounds in the United States. These grounds have been used by Minor League clubs and other clubs for generations as well as hosting various tournaments over time.

  1. Philadelphia Cricket Club Ground in Wissahickon Heights, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  2. Belmont Cricket Club Ground in Elmwood, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  3. Young America Cricket Club Ground in Stenton, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  4. Germantown Cricket Club Ground in Manheim, Pennsylvania (earlier in Nicetown)
  5. Merion Cricket Club Ground in Haverford, Pennsylvania
  6. Boca Raton Cricket Club Ground in Boca Raton, Florida
  7. Brian Piccolo Park in Cooper City, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  8. St. George’s Club Ground in Bloomingdale Road, Manhattan, New York
  9. Red House Cricket Ground in Harlem, New York
  10. *Citi Field in New York
  11. *Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas
  12. *Dodger Stadium in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California

*Note, the Cricket All-Stars tournament featuring Shane Warne, Sachin Tendulkar, Shoaib Akthar, etc. took place at famous baseball grounds—Citi Field, Minute Maid Park, and Dodger Stadium.

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Home Grounds of Minor League Cricket Teams

Minor League Cricket is a new franchised cricket league in the United States, which was founded in 2019. It currently has 26 teams, most of which have their own home cricket parks.

  1. Atlanta Cricket Fields in Cumming, Georgia (Atlanta Fire)
  2. Param Veers Cricket Field in Rydal, Georgia (Atlanta Lightning)
  3. Silverstar Recreation Center in Orlando, Florida (Orlando Galaxy)
  4. Veterans Memorial Park in Woodbridge, Virginia (DC Hawks)
  5. Idlewild Park in Rosedale, New York (Empire State Titans)
  6. Canarsie Park in Brooklyn, New York (Manhattan Yorkers)
  7. Keney Park in Hartford, Connecticut (New England Eagles)
  8. Howe Athletic Complex in Somerset, New Jersey (New Jersey Somerset Cavaliers, New Jersey Stallions)
  9. Exton Park in Exton, Pennsylvania (The Philadelphians)
  10. BPL Cricket Stadium in Bolingbrook, Illinois (Chicago Blasters)
  11. Washington Park/Skokie Sports Complex in Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Tigers)
  12. McKinney Cricket Ground in McKinney, Texas (Dallas Mustangs)
  13. Prairie View Cricket Complex in Houston, Texas, which will be the first Major League Cricket National Cricket Center ((Houston Hurricanes))
  14. Lyon Oaks Cricket Ground in Wixom, Michigan (Michigan Cricket Stars)
  15. ACAC Park in Wentzville, Missouri (St. Louis Americans)
  16. Santa Clara Cricket Club in Santa Clara, California (East Bay Blazers)
  17. Arroyo Park in Davis, California (Golden State Grizzlies)
  18. Canyon Side Park in San Diego, California (San Diego Surf Riders)
  19. Klahanie Park in Issaquah, Washington (Seattle Thunderbolts)
  20. Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Complex in Morgan Hill, California (Silicon Valley, Strikers)
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2. Facts About the Major Cricket Stadiums in USA

  • Established in 2007, the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill is the biggest cricket stadium in the United States. It has two pitches and offers seating for up to 10,000 fans. Every Spring it hosts the American college cricket tournament and is also home to the Ft. Lauderdale Lions of Minor League Cricket.
  • The Moosa Stadium in Pearland, Texas was established in 2015 and is a rising cricket stadium. It provides seating for up to 2,500 fans with the potential for further expansion. It is the home of Lone Star Athletics.
  • The AirHogs Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas is a professional baseball stadium that has been transformed into a cricket ground. It offers seating for up to 7,000 spectators and has the potential for further expansions. This ground has become quite popular with local cricket enthusiasts.
  • Church Street Park has already hosted some matches in the 2018 ICC Americas T20 Qualifier.
  • The Indianapolis World Sports Park was built with an investment of $5 million and it hosted the 2015 ICC T20 World Cup Americas Division One qualification tournament.
  • The Leo Magnus Woodley Park is a sporting complex established in 1978 and named after Jamaican cricketer, Leo Magnus. It comprises five cricket fields (Marder, Severn, Wong, Woodley and Wright) and is home to the Hollywood Master Blasters and Socal Lashings of Minor League Cricket. Historically, it was the home of the Hollywood Cricket Club.
  • Founded in 1854, Philadelphia Cricket Club Ground is the oldest cricket club in the USA, while Germantown Cricket Club is the second oldest surviving cricket club in the United States. The Belmont Cricket Club (1874-1914), home to one of America’s greatest cricketers, Bart King, was one of the great clubs in American cricket.
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3. Types of Events Hosted at US Cricket Stadiums

The stadiums listed above host a variety of events for both spectators and players.

These include domestic and international matches, tournaments, camps and academies to help with cricket development in the US. The following is a list of some of the events hosted at US cricket stadiums:

International Matches & CPL

A total of 27 ODI matches (12 Moosa, 15 Ft. Lauderhill) and 14 T20I matches (all Ft. Lauderhill) international matches have been hosted by the US.

New Zeland, Sri Lanka, India, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Nepal, Oman, Namibia, and the USA have all played here. Ft. Lauderhill has been used as one of West Indies’ home venue in bilateral series.

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has also hosted several matches in the Broward Stadium.

Minor League Cricket

Minor League Cricket began in 2020 as the precursor to Major League Cricket, USA’s much anticipated T20 franchise competition. 27 teams took place in the inaugural tournament with Silicon Valley Strikers emerging as the winner.

National Championships and Other tournaments

These tournaments are organized by US cricket associations and involve women’s, men’s, U-19, and other teams from different states across the country.

Apart from major leagues, regional club tournaments, tape ball cricket, and college cricket also occur on a regular basis.

4. Major League Cricket and 2024 T20 World Cup to Take Place Across USA’s Top Cricket Stadiums

In 2023, Major League Cricket (MLC) is set to take place between July 13th and 30th.

The Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas is the main location with franchises from Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, and Washington D.C. The following year in 2024, the 20-team T20 World Cup will be jointly hosted by the United States and West Indies.

Despite uncertainty regarding a six-team Olympic T20 tournament, investment in U.S.A. Cricket is showing continual growth.

5. Conclusion – The Growing Popularity of Cricket in America

Cricket is quickly gaining popularity in the United States, with more people becoming aware of and involved in the game.

The US Cricket Association has advocated for the expansion of cricket in America, resulting in cricket stadiums located across the country, academies and clubs to help players hone their skills.

Stadiums such as Church Street Park & Moosa Stadium are paving the way for even more growth. The upcoming 2024 T20 World Cup and Major League Cricket will bring even more attention to the sport, and with continued growth, cricket will become an increasingly popular sport in America.

Maybe the future even holds a partnership with Minor League Baseball stadiums similar to the conversion of the Texas Airhogs stadium.

5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Cricket Stadiums in USA

How many cricket stadiums in the USA?

Currently, there are at least 33 cricket stadiums in the USA. Two stadiums are ICC certified, 5 are in the planning phase, while the rest are park and local grounds.

Which cricket stadiums will host the 2023 Major League Cricket?

The Airhogs stadium in Dallas, Texas will be the host of the inaugural Major League Cricket held between July 13-30.

How many teams participate in Minor League Cricket in the USA?

26 teams compete in Minor League Cricket (MiLC) in the United States.

How many teams will compete in the 2023 Major League Cricket in the USA?

Six franchises from from Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, and Washington D.C. will compete in the 2023 Major League Cricket (MLC).

Sources: Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Moosa Cricket Stadium, World Sports Park: A diamond in the rough, About Us – Germantown Cricket Club – Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Cricket Club History. USA T20 franchise league MLC projected to spend 110 million on facilities ahead of 2023 launch, Atlanta Paramveers open five cricket fields to promote game, Major League Cricket 2022: Match Schedules, Scores, News & More, Major League Cricket set for July 2023 launch in Dallas

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Most Beautiful Cricket Stadium in Each of the 12 Countries – Lord’s, Newlands, MCG, Galle,…Which Is Your Favorite?

There are numerous scenic venues in world cricket, but if you had to choose the most beautiful cricket stadium from each country, what would they be?

Novelist Margaret Wolfe Hungerford penned the famous idiom “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Everyone has their own definition of beauty. How would you define the most beautiful stadium in cricket? Would you choose the one with scenic backgrounds, largest capacity, the environment & fans, or history?

We choose the #1 international stadium from each country and state why we chose it. We will also list the stadiums that narrowly missed out.

And if you were wondering about the largest cricket stadiums in each country, which country has the most stadiums, the oldest venues to have hosted Test cricket, and the list of international stadiums in each country, we got you covered as well.

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The Motivation

Earlier this year, the picturesque Gwadar Stadium in Balochistan (Pakistan) was inaugurated and immediately social media went viral. Playing cricket with white clays of Koh-e-Mehdi Hills in the background is just breathtaking.

At about the same time, England toured Sri Lanka for a Test series. The aerial view surrounding the stadium was magnificent.

This got us thinking—Choose the most beautiful stadium from each country but the catch is—the stadium has to have hosted at least one international match in any format. Without further ado, here is our list.

Lots of images head! Make sure to swipe right under each section to get a glimpse of all the stadiums in our shortlist.

*Note: Afghanistan is not considered since it plays its home matches in India. Also, the UAE is considered since international cricket is played there frequently.

List of Most Beautiful Cricket Grounds in the World

1. Melbourne Cricket Groud (MCG), Australia

  • Location: Jolimont, Melbourne (Victoria), Australia
  • Capacity: 100,000, Year Established: 1853
  • Home Teams: Australia, Victoria, Melbourne Stars
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful Stadium in Australia? The second largest stadium by capacity now, the MCG has everything. The ideal place for an Ashes Test, a World Cup Final, or a Women’s T20 World Cup Final, the atmosphere at the MCG is electric. Each clap is heard, the Barmy Army is never too far away, and even the batters have to utilize the 90 meter boundaries by running the twos and threes.
  • Australia’s Top 3
    1. Melbourne Cricket Ground
    2. Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), New South Wales – The iconic green roof & Sydney’s skyline with the Sydney Opera house in the background seals the deal for me.
    3. The Bradman Oval*, Bowral, New South Wales – Home of Sir Donald Bradman, the ground captures the imagination of any cricket fan. With the Bradman Museum and white fence in the background, what’s not to like? And yes, Bradman’s ashes were sprinkled on the ground as well to add to the history.

*Note, Bradman Oval has hosted a women’s Test (Australia Vs England) along with a few other women’s ODIs. Check out MCG, SCG, and Bradman Oval’s picturesque images below.

Pictured Below (In this order): (1) MCG, (2) SCG, (3) Sydney, (4) Bradman Oval, (5) Sir Donald Bradman

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2. Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh

  • Location: Sylhet, Bangladesh
  • Capacity: 13,533, Year Established: 2007
  • Home Teams: Sylhet Division Cricket Team, Sylhet Sixers, Bangladesh
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful in Bangladesh: Lush forests in the background to go along with the contrasting red roof—lovely scenery.
  • Bangladesh’s Top 3:
    1. Sylhet International Cricket Stadium
    2. Sher-e-Bangla Stadium (Mirpur), Dhaka
    3. Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna

Pictured Below: Sylhet

3. Lord’s Cricket Ground, England

  • Location: London, England
  • Capacity: 30,000, Year Established: 1814
  • Home Teams: Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Middlesex, England
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful in England: Home of cricket, the iconic Lord’s pavilion, the balcony, the honors board, J.P. Morgan Media Centre, and the long room. Historic. Aesthetic.
  • England’s Top 3:
    1. Lord’s
    2. Old Trafford (Manchester) The shining red pavilion gives Old Trafford its unique look.
    3. Riverside Ground (Chester-le-Street, Durham): Nothing better than a castle in the background.
    4. Consolation: The Oval (Kennington, London) New Road (Worcester), County Ground (Taunton)

Pictured Below (In this order): (1) Lord’s stadium, (2) Lord’s balcony, (3) The Long Room, (4) Old Trafford, (5) Riverside Ground

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Five pictures for England’s grounds was just not enough, so here are some more. Churches and castles put a unique touch in England.

Pictured Below (In this order): (1) New Road, (2) Taunton, (3) The Oval

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4. Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, India

  • Location: Dharamsala, India
  • Capacity: 23,000, Year Established: 2003
  • Home Teams: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Team, Kings XI Punjab, India
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful in India: Backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayan range, it is a wonderful attraction all around. Home to the Dalai Lama, it also has a spiritual overtone to it.
  • India’s Top 3:
    1. Dharamsala
    2. Eden Gardens (Kolkata)One of the most animated sporting crowds in the world. The place of the 2001 Test against Australia feat VVS Laxman’s magical 281 and Brathwaite’s carnage in the 2016 T20 World Cup final. Also the venue of the infamous 1996 World Cup semi-final, where the match was abandoned due to the enraged spectators.
    3. Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) Another one due to the atmosphere. After India’s 2011 World Cup victory, it was an ideal place to party. Just listen to this when Dhoni finished it off in style.
    4. Consolation: Narendra Modi Stadium (Ahmedabad), Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium – Dehradun (host for Afghanistan team)

Pictured Below (In this order): (1) Dharamsala, (2) Dehradun, (3) Wankhede, (4) Eden Gardens, (5) Ahmedabad

5. Malahide Cricket Club Ground (The Village), Ireland

  • Location: Malahide, Ireland
  • Capacity: 11,500, Year Established: 1861
  • Home Teams: Ireland Cricket Team
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful in Ireland: Hosted Ireland’s only Test at home (along with a few ODIs, and women’s fixtures). The venue gives away a calm aura with trees right behind the sight-screen.
  • Ireland’s Top 3
    1. Malahide
    2. Bready Cricket Club (Bready)
    3. Civil Service Cricket Club (Belfast)

Pictured Below: Malahide

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6. Bay Oval, New Zealand

  • Location: Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Capacity: 10,000, Year Established: 2007
  • Home Teams: Northern Districts, New Zealand
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful in New Zealand: New Zealand is the ideal place to watch cricket. You can choose any stadium here, and it will be scenic. Add to that the grass banks and the casual, party-mood culture, and you have a perfect atmosphere for cricket. Mount Maunganui’s aerial view makes it my #1 in New Zealand—The hill, beaches, and a sandbar connecting the mainland to the island.
  • New Zealand’s Top 3:
    1. Bay Oval
    2. Queenstown Events Centre (Queenstown, Otago)Queenstown is a resort town, known for its tourism. And why not? The mountain range overseeing the cricket ground is literally called The Remarkables. Lake Wakatipu nearby as well.
    3. Basin Reserve (Wellington)
    4. Consolation: Pukekura Park (New Plymouth, Taranaki), Eden Park (Auckland), Saxton Oval (Nelson), University Oval (Dunedin)

Pictured Below (In this Order): (1) Bay Oval, (2) Mount Maunganui, (3) Tauranga Aerial View, (4) Queenstown, (5) The Basin Reserve

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Pictured Below (In this Order): (1) Pukekura Park, (2) spectators’ seating at Pukekura, (3) Eden Park, (4) Saxton Oval, (5) University Oval

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Pictured Below (John Davies Oval, Queenstown) – India vs NZ series, 2022

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7. Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pakistan

  • Location: Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Capacity: 15,000, Year Established: 1992
  • Home Teams: Northern Cricket Team, Islamabad United, Pakistan
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful in Pakistan: An aerial view of ‘Pindi’, as it is usually known, will give you a glimpse of the mountain resort town of Murree along with historic neighborhoods and mosques.
  • Pakistan’s Top 3
    1. Rawalpindi
    2. Bugti Stadium (Quetta)
    3. Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore)

*Bugti Stadium hosted an ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in 1996.

Now here is where we diverge a little bit. Apart from Gwadar stadium (at the top of the article), we have also included a couple of pictures of stadiums that have not hosted an international fixture but are just too good to ignore—namely Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium and Chitral Cricket Ground.

Pictured Below (In this Order): (1) Muzaffarabad, (2) Quetta, (3) Rawalpindi, (4) Chitral, (5) Lahore

8. Galle International Stadium, Sri Lanka

  • Location: Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Capacity: 35,000, Year Established: 1876
  • Home Teams: Galle Cricket Club, Sri Lanka
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful in Sri Lanka: Galle’s harbor, Indian Ocean, and the Galle Fort to watch cricket from. The England-Sri Lanka series was basically just 3 parts: Joe Root, Lasith Embuldeniya, and multiple aerial views of Galle.
  • Top 3 in England:
    1. Galle
    2. Dambulla
    3. Kandy
    4. Consolation: Welagedara Stadium (Kurunegala)

*Welagedara Stadium has hosted a couple of women ODIs

Pictured Below (In this Order): (1) Galle by the ocean, (2) Dambulla, (3) Kandy, (4) Kurunegala, (5) spectators from Galle’s hill/fort, (6) English super fan Rob Lewis from Galle stadium who had stayed in Sri Lanka for 10 months after the England-Sri Lanka tour was delayed due to COVID.

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9. Newlands Cricket Ground, South Africa

  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Capacity: 25,000, Year Established: 1888
  • Home Teams: Western Province, Cape Town Blitz, South Africa
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful in South Africa:
  • South Africa’s Top 3:
    1. Newlands
    2. Boland Park (Paarl)
    3. New Wanderers Stadium (Johannesburg)AB De Villiers. Pink ODI. 149 (44). The atmosphere. Enough said.

*Also pictured – Ellis Park – hosted Tests between 1948 and 1954, but now only used mainly for Rugby and soccer (2010 FIFA World Cup). Red roof and about 65,000 capacity, it is a South African special.

Pictured Below (In this Order): (1) Newlands, (2) Boland Park, (3) Paarl landscape, (4) Wanderers, (5) Ellis Park

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10. Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, West Indies

  • Location: Gros Islet, St. Lucia
  • Capacity: 12,400, Year Established: 2002
  • Home Teams: Windward Islands, St. Lucia Zouks
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful in West Indies: Most places in the Caribbean are amazing by default—beaches, hills, and the weather. St. Lucia’s ambience and the effervescent Daren Sammy cheering at almost every game just edges out Arnos Vale and Queen’s Park.
  • West Indies’ Top 3:
    1. Daren Sammy (formerly Beausejour Cricket Ground)
    2. Arnos Vale Stadium (St. Vincent)
    3. Queen’s Park Oval (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
    4. Windsor Park (Dominica)

Pictured Below: Windsor Park

11. Sheikh Zayed Stadium, U.A.E.

  • Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)
  • Capacity: 20,000, Year Established: 2004
  • Home Teams: UAE, Afghanistan, Pakistan, PSL/IPL Teams
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful in UAE : The roof and the lighting are spectacular in day-night matches.
  • UAE’s Top 3:
    1. Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi)
    2. Dubai International Stadium (Dubai)
    3. Sharjah Cricket Ground (Sharjah)

Pictured Below (In this Order): (1) Abu Dhabi, (2) Dubai, (3) Sachin Tendulkar & Shane Warne after ‘Desert Storm’ in Sharjah

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12. Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe

  • Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Capacity: 10,000, Year Established: 1900
  • Home Teams: Mashonaland, Mashonaland  Eagles Rhodesia/Zimbabwe
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful in Zimbabwe: The purple flowers right behind the trees at the edge of the boundary wins it for me.
  • Zimbabwe’s Top 2:
    1. Harare Sports Club (Harare)
    2. Queens Sports Club (Bulawayo)
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13. Al-Amerat Cricket Stadium (Oman Cricket Academy Ground), Oman

  • Location: Muscat, Oman
  • Capacity: 3,000, Year Established: 1900
  • Home Teams: Oman
  • Why Is it the Most Beautiful in Zimbabwe: The Al-Hajar mountains overseeing the stadium are absolutely majestic. The 2021 T20 World Cup brought the beauty of this small cricketing nation to the rest of the world.
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Which Country Has the Best Cricket Stadiums?

Which country has the best cricket stadiums in the world?

New Zealand probably has the best cricket stadiums. Seven of their international stadiums can vouch to be in the most beautiful category.
Bay Oval (Mount Maunganui), Queenstown, Basin Reserve (Wellington), Pukekura Park (New Plymouth), Eden Park (Auckland). Saxton Oval (Nelson), and University Oval (Dunedin).
Sri Lanka and West Indies are not too far behind in terms of scenic views. Australia (MCG/SCG) and India (Eden Gardens/ Wankhede) have the most grand and fan-fueled stadiums, while England have the most historic and mellow cricket grounds.Panaromic photo of Westpac Cricket Stadium

Which is the World’s Largest Cricket Stadium by country?

1. Narendra Modi Stadium (132,000) – Ahmedabad, India
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground (100,000) – Melbourne, Australia
3. Eden Park (41,000) – Auckland, New Zealand
4. R. Premadasa Stadium (35,000) – Colombo, Sri Lanka
5. National Stadium (34,000) – Karachi, Pakistan
6. Lord’s (30,000) – London, England
7. Wanderers Stadium (28,000) – Johannesburg, South Africa
8. Kensington Oval (28,000) – Barbados, Bridgetown
9. Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium (25,000) – Dhaka, Bangladesh
10. Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground (20,000) – Kirtipur, Nepal
11. Central Broward Park (20,000) – Ft. Lauderhill, United States
12. Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (20,000) – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
13. Sophia Gardens (15,000) – Cardiff, Wales (U.K.)
14. Guanggong International Cricket Stadium (12,000) – Guangzhou, China
15. Malahide Cricket Club Ground (11,500) – Dublin, Ireland
16. Harare Sports Club (10,000) – Harare, Zimbabwe
17. Gymkhana Club Ground (7,000) – Nairobi, Kenya
18. Maple Leaf Cricket Club (7,000) – King City, Canada
19. The Grange Club (5,000) – Edinburgh, ScotlandNarendra Modi Cricket Stadium, Ahmedabad

Which cricket ground has the highest capacity?

Here are the top 10 largest cricket stadiums by size:

1. Narendra Modi Stadium (132,000) – Ahmedabad, India
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground (100,000) – Melbourne, Australia
3. Eden Gardens (80,000) – Kolkata, India
4. Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium (65,000) – Raipur, India
5. Perth Optus Stadium (60,000) – Perth, Australia
6. Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (55,000) – Hyderabad, India
7. Greenfield International Stadium (55,000) – Thiruvananthapuram, India
8. Adelaide Oval (54,000) – Adelaide, Australia
9. M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari 10. Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium (50,000) – Chennai/Ranchi/Lucknow, India
11. Docklands Stadium, Sydney Cricket Ground (48,000) – Melbourne/Sydney, AustraliaNarendra Modi Cricket Stadium, Ahmedabad

Which country has the most stadiums?

Here are the number of international cricket stadiums by Test playing country:

India (53)
Australia (22)
England (21)
Pakistan (18)
South Africa, West Indies (16)
New Zealand (14)
Sri Lanka (10)
Bangladesh (8)
United Arab Emirates (6)
Zimbabwe (5)
*Note, we only consider countries with Test status

Which Is the Oldest Cricket Stadium in the World?

We will organize this when their first Test match was hosted.

1. Melbourne Cricket Ground – Melbourne, Australia (15 March 1877)
2. The Oval – London, England (6 September 1880)
3. Sydney Cricket Ground – Sydney, Australia (17 February 1882)
4. Old Trafford – Manchester, England (10 July 1884)
5. Lord’s – London, England (21 July 1884)
6. Adelaide Oval – Adelaide, Australia (12 December 1884)
7. St. George’s Park – Port Elizabeth, South Africa (12 March 1889)
8. Newland’s – Cape Town, South Africa (25 March 1889)
9. Old Wanderers – Johannesburg, South Africa (2 March 1896)
10. Trent Bridge – Nottingham, England (1 June 1899)

England, Australia, and South Africa lead the oldest stadiums to host Test cricket, between 1877 and 1899. New Zealand and West Indies would host their first Tests in 1930 with India following suit in 1933. Post-Partition of British India, Bangladesh & Pakistan hosted their fist Tests in 1955.
Sri Lanka (1982), Zimbabwe (1992), UAE (2002), and Ireland (2018) would host much later.Photo of Melbourne Cricket Stadium

Which country has the most beautiful cricket stadiums?

Here are the most beautiful cricket stadiums from each of the Test playing nations.

1. Australia (Melbourne Cricket Ground)
2. Bangladesh (Sylhet International Cricket Stadium)
3. England (Lord’s Cricket Ground)
4. India (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium)
5. Ireland (Malahide Cricket Club Ground)
6. New Zealand (Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui)
7. Pakistan (Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium)
8. Sri Lanka (Galle International Stadium)
9. South Africa (Newlands Cricket Ground)
10. West Indies (Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium)
11. United Arab Emirates (Sheikh Zayed Stadium)
12. Zimbabwe (Harare Sports Club)Most Beautiful Cricket Stadiums In the World - Images

List of International Stadiums By Country

Australia

  • Adelaide: Adelaide Oval
  • Albury: Lavington Sports Oval
  • Ballarat: Eastern Oval
  • Berri: Berri Oval
  • Brisbane: Exhibition Ground, Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba)
  • Cairns: Cazaly’s Stadium
  • Canberra: Manuka Oval
  • Darwin: TIO Stadium
  • Devonport: Devonport Oval
  • Hobart: Tasmania Cricket Ground, Bellerive Oval
  • Launceston: North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground
  • Mackay: Harrup Park
  • Melbourne: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Docklands Stadium
  • Perth: WACA Ground, Perth Stadium
  • South Geelong: Simonds Stadium (Victoria)
  • Sydney: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Stadium Australia
  • Townsville: Tony Ireland

Bangladesh

  • Bogra: Shaheed Chandu Stadium
  • Chattogram: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, MA Aziz Stadium
  • Dhaka: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Shere Bangla National Stadium (Mirpur)
  • Fatullah: Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium
  • Khulna: Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium
  • Sylhet: Sylhet International Cricket Ground

England

  • Birmingham: Edgbaston
  • Bristol: County Ground
  • Canterbury: St. Lawrence Ground
  • Cardiff: Sophia Gardens
  • Chester-le Street: Riverside Ground
  • Chelmsford: County Ground
  • Derby: County Ground
  • Hove: County Ground
  • Leeds: Headingley
  • Leicester: Grace Road
  • London: Lord’s, Kennington Oval
  • Manchester: Old Trafford
  • Northampton: County Ground
  • Nottingham: Trent Bridge,
  • Scarborough: North Marine Road Ground
  • Sheffield: Bramall Lane
  • Southampton: The Rose Bowl, County Ground
  • Swansea: St. Helen’s
  • Taunton: The Cooper Associates County Ground
  • Tunbridge Wells: Nevill Ground
  • Worcester: County Ground (New Road)

India

  • Ahmedabad: Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium, Narendra Modi Stadium (Motera)
  • Amritsar: Gandhi Sports Complex Ground
  • Bengaluru: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
  • Chandigarh: Sector 16 Stadium
  • Chennai: MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk)
  • Cuttack: Barabati Stadium
  • Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Arun Jaitley Stadium (formerly Feroz Shah Kotla)
  • Dehradun: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
  • Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium
  • Faridabad: Nahar Singh Stadium
  • Greater Noida: Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground
  • Guwahati: Nehru Stadium, Barsapara Cricket Stadium
  • Gwalior: Captain Roop Singh Stadium
  • Hyderabad: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium (Uppal), Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
  • Indore: Nehru Stadium, Holkar Cricket Stadium
  • Jaipur: Sawai Mansingh Stadium
  • Jalandhar: Gandhi Stadium
  • Jammu: Maulana Azad Stadium
  • Jamshedpur: Keenan Stadium
  • Jodhpur: Barkatullah Khan Stadium (Pal Road)
  • Kanpur: Green Park
  • Kochi: Nehru Stadium
  • Kolkata: Eden Gardens
  • Lucknow: University Ground, K.D. Singh ‘Babu’ Stadium, Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium
  • Margao: Nehru Stadium (Fatorda)
  • Mohali: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium (Chandigarh)
  • Mumbai: Wankhede Stadium, Gymkhana Stadium, Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Brabourne Stadium
  • Nagpur: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Jamtha), Vidarbha C.A. Ground
  • Patna: Moin-ul-Haq Stadium
  • Pune: Nehru Stadium, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
  • Ranchi: JSCA International Stadium Complex
  • Rajkot: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Madavrao Scindia Cricket Ground
  • Srinagar: Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium
  • Trivandrum: University Stadium, Greenfield International Stadium
  • Vadodara: Reliance Stadium, Moti Bagh Stadium
  • Vijaywada: Indira Gandhi Stadium
  • Visakhapatnam: Indira Priyadarshini Stadium, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium

Ireland

  • Belfast: Civil Service Cricket Club (Stormont)
  • Bready: Bready Cricket Club (Magheramason)
  • Dublin: The Village Malahide, Castle Avenue

New Zealand

  • Auckland: Eden Park, AMI Stadium (formerly Lancaster Park, Jade Stadium)
  • Christchurch: Hagley Oval
  • Dunedin: University Oval, Carisbrook
  • Hamilton: Seddon Park
  • Lincoln: Bert Sutcliffe Oval
  • Mount Maunganui: Bay Oval
  • Napier: McLean Park
  • Nelson: Saxton Oval
  • New Plymouth: Pukekura Park
  • Queenstown: John Davies Oval
  • Wellington: Sky Stadium, Basin reserve
  • Whangarei: Cobham Oval (New)

Pakistan

  • Bahawalpur: Bahawal Stadium
  • Faisalabad: Iqbal Stadium
  • Gujranwala: Jinnah Stadium
  • Hyderabad: Niaz Stadium
  • Lahore: Gaddafi Stadium, Bagh-e-Jinnah
  • Multan: Multan Cricket Stadium, Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium
  • Peshawar: Peshawar Club Ground
  • Karachi: National Stadium, Southend Club Cricket Stadium
  • Quetta: Bugti Stadium
  • Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pindi Club Ground
  • Sahiwal: Zafar Ali Stadium
  • Sialkot: Jinnah Stadium
  • Sheikhupura: Sheikhupura Stadium
  • Sargodha: Sports Stadium

Sri Lanka

  • Colombo: Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, P Sara Oval, Colombo Cricket Club Ground
  • Dambulla: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
  • Galle: Galle International Stadium
  • Hambantota: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (Sooriyawewa)
  • Kandy: Asgiriya Stadium
  • Kurunegala: Welagedara Stadium
  • Moratuwa: Tyronne Fernando Stadium
  • Pallekele: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

South Africa

  • Benoni: Willowmoore Park
  • Bloemfontein: Mangaung Oval
  • Cape Town: Newlands
  • Centurion: SuperSport Park
  • Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Lord’s, Kingsmead
  • East London: Buffalo Park
  • Johannesburg: The Wanderers Stadium, Old Wanderers, Ellis Park
  • Kimberly: Diamond Oval
  • Paarl: Boland Park
  • Pietermaritzburg: City Oval
  • Port Elizabeth: St. George’s Park
  • Potchefstroom: Senwes Park

United Arab Emirates

  • Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Tolerance Oval
  • Dubai: Dubai International Stadium, ICC Academy, ICC Academy Ground No.2
  • Sharjah: Sharjah Cricket Ground

West Indies

  • Antigua: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (North Sound), Coolidge Cricket Ground (Osbourn), Antigua Recreation Ground (St. John’s)
  • Barbados: Kensington Oval (Bridgetown)
  • Dominica: Windsor Park (Rouseau)
  • Jamaica: Sabina Park (Kingston)
  • Grenada: Queen’s Park – Old (St. George’s), National Cricket Stadium (St. George’s)
  • Guyana: Providence Stadium (Providence), Bourda (Georgetown), Albion Sports Complex (Albion, Berbice)
  • St. Lucia: Mindoo Phillip Park (Castries), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium (Gros Islet)
  • St. Kitts: Warner Park (Basseterre)
  • St. Vincent: Arnos Vale Ground (Kingstown)
  • Trinidad: Park Oval (Port of Spain)

Zimbabwe

  • Bulawayo: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo Athletic Club
  • Harare: Old Hararian, Harare Sports Club
  • Kwekwe: Kwekwe Sports Club

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Sources: ESPNCricinfo Grounds, Cricinfo Monthly (Beautiful Outgrounds of England)

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