Cricket stadiums present a spectacle, especially when filled to the brim and a high-octane contest is on. If they are located in a picturesque site, their enchanting beauty becomes an icing on the cake. But the real ambience of any stadium is created by the number of attendees and the knowledge they come in with. The larger the seating capacity, the more the chances of having a memorable experience. Along similar lines, we look at the biggest cricket stadiums worldwide by seating capacity.
10th Biggest Cricket Stadium: Adelaide Oval
The Adelaide Oval in South Australia is the tenth-biggest cricket stadium in the world, with a seating capacity of 50k. Besides cricket, the stadium hosts the Australian Rules Football matches and other cultural events. In the BBL and WBBL, it is the home ground for the Adelaide Strikers.
Boasting a rich cricketing history, the Oval dates back to 1871 and has undergone game-changing renovations. In 2015, the Pink Ball Test made its inaugural announcement on the international stage at the Oval.
9th Biggest: Ekana Cricket Stadium
Established in 2017, the Ekana Cricket Stadium is one of the newest international-level cricket grounds in the country. Home to the Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL, it can accommodate 50,000 people and offer an enchanting viewing experience.
8th Largest: Greenfield International Stadium
With a capacity of around 55,000, the Greenfield International Stadium is the eighth-biggest cricket stadium in the world. In 2015, the stadium’s construction reached its completion and has hosted a few international games since. With Kerala being a massive football hub, the stadium features football matches regularly besides playing host to the state’s cricket side.
7th Biggest: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, allowing 55k people, comes under the direct control of the Hyderabad Cricket Association. Inaugurated in 2004, the stadium did away with Hyderabad’s dependency on Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, controlled by the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh. In the Indian Premier League, it plays host to one-time IPL champion Sunrisers Hyderabad.
6th Largest: Naya Raipur International Cricket Stadium
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Naya Raipur accommodates around 60k people to take the sixth position on this list. Named after Chhattisgarh’s first freedom fighter who was martyred in the First War of Independence in 1857, the stadium is the state’s finest leap into world-class infrastructure.
5th Biggest: Perth Stadium
The Optus Stadium, also called the Perth Stadium, succeded WACA as the go-to venue for hosting international matches in Western Australia. Boasting a capacity of 60k, the Perth Stadium more than doubled the strength of the iconic WACA. It was one of the youngest venues hosting high-profile games in the Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
4th Biggest Cricket Ground: ANZ Stadium
The ANZ Stadium also referred to as Stadium Australia, is the biggest cricket stadium in Sydney. It came into existence to support Australia’s endeavour to host the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2000. Accommodating over 66,000 people, it is now a multi-purpose venue, which features multiple sports and cultural events. It has not been on the international calendar for quite some time now, having hosted the last T20I in 2014.
#3rd Largest Cricket Ground: Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens was one of the biggest cricket stadiums in the world before it underwent renovation. Although its capacity reduced from over 1 lakh to somewhere between 66k and 70k, the venue retained its aura and charm.
This historical venue in Kolkata has witnessed some legendary games, including the 2001 Test against the mighty Aussies, where they won the game after following on. In the IPL, it is the home venue for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
#2nd Biggest Cricket Stadium: MCG
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), with a seating capacity of over 1 lakh, is among the biggest stadiums in the world. The MCG is a testament to Australia being a massive sporting nation. It has been hosting Boxing Day Test matches since 1950, which witness huge turnout, hardly leaving a seat unoccupied. The MCG is the focal point for multiple sports in Australia, including AFL, rugby, football, etc.
Biggest Cricket Stadium: Narendra Modi Stadium
The Narendra Modi Stadium is the biggest cricket stadium in the world, allowing 1,32,000 spectators on its premises. The erstwhile Sardar Patel Stadium made way for this grand structure, which has recently become the go-to venue for hosting high-profile games, be it the IPL or the ICC ODI World Cup final.