Cricket has billions of followers all over the world. From the southern hemisphere fans of Australia to the Indian subcontinent, up to the Northern Hemisphere sports followers in the United Kingdom, cricket is undoubtedly universal. With its popularity comes the demand for bigger playgrounds and contemporary stadiums really deliver. All things considered, let’s look at the largest cricket stadiums by capacity.
10. Vidarbha Cricket Assiociation Stadium
Starting off our list is India’s largest cricket stadium in terms of field area. By capacity, this stadium can hold up to 45,000 people which makes it among the largest stadiums in the world regardless of sport. Located at Jamtha in Nagpur, the VCA replaced the Virdabha Cricket Association Ground as Nagpur’s main stadium when it opened in 2008. The stadium is home to the Vridabha and Central Zone teams and has hosted Tests, ODIs, and T20s.
9. Sydney Cricket Ground
The Sydney Cricket Ground located in Moore Park, Sydney is home to the New South Wales Blues cricket team, the Sydney Sixers, and the Swans Australian Football League club. With 48,000 seating capacity, the SCG was already among the largest cricket grounds when it was established way back in 1848—171 years ago! Now owned by the Sydney Cricket Ground, the stadium does not only hold cricket games but is also home to rugby leagues, tennis games, motor racing, and empire games.
8. Docklands Stadium
The Docklands Stadium, or the Marvel Stadium is one of the most expensive stadiums ever built. Its construction cost is estimated to be at A$460 Million when it opened in March of 2000. Its cricket capacity is listed at 47,000 but the venue can hold more than 56,000 when used in other events. The stadium replaced Waverley Park and now serves as the headquarters of the AFL or the Australian Football League. Aside from T20 matches, the stadium also holds Melbourne Victory matches, rugby league games, and rugby union matches.
7. Three-Way Tie
Tied at 50,000 capacity stadiums are JSCA International Cricket Stadium together with Greenfield International Stadium, and Ekana Cricket Stadium.
JSCA International Cricket Stadium
This large stadium is found in the eastern Indian city of Ranchi. Built in 2011, the stadium is built for the Jharkhand State Cricket Association matches—both local and international. In addition, it is home to the Jharkhand cricket team and Chennai Super Kings of the IPL.
Greenfield International Stadium
At the southern tip of India, in the state of Kerala, one will find the Greenfield International Stadium, also known as The Sports Hub, and the Trivandrum. This multi-purpose stadium is built on a 36-acre land and is leased by the Kerala University. It became India’s 50th international cricket venue when it was used as the venue for the T20I match against New Zealand in 2017.
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium
This cricket stadium from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh became the third largest stadium in India when it opened in 2017. Its first name was Ekana International Cricket Stadium but was changed into its current name in the honor of a former Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
6. Adelaide Oval
Described as “one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in Australia, if not the world”, by Austadiums.com, and “the most perfect piece of modern architecture”, by sports journalist Gerard Whateley, the Adelaide Oval is known not only of its 53,583 capacity, but also of its architectural beauty. This stadium is home to the South Australian Cricket Association since its establishment in 1871.
5. Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Located in the eastern suburb of Uppal, India, the Rajic Gandhi International Cricket Stadium boasts a full-house capacity of 55,000. In brief, it houses the Hyderabad Cricket Association, and has hosted 5 Tests, 6 ODIs, and 2 T20Is. It is also the venue for the opening and final matches of the 2017 Indian Premier League and the finals of the 2019 Indian Premier League.
4. Perth Stadium
Also known by naming rights sponsorship name as Optus Stadium, the Perth Stadium can hold over 60,000 people and even 65,000 at extended capacity. When it opened in 2018, it became Australia’s third-largest stadium after Melbourne Cricket Ground and Stadium Australia. The stadium is primarily used for cricket matches and is home to the Australia’s national cricket team, the Western Australia national cricket team, the Perth Scorchers, and the Perth Scorchers Women.
3. Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium
The second-cricket stadium in India with 65,000 seating capacity, the Naya Raipur International Cricket Stadium is found in the state of Chhattisgarh. Built to cater a growing sport folling, this stadium is larger than its predecessors. It opened in 2008 and hosted its first international match in 2010 when the Canadian national cricket team visited. Today, it is the second home for the Delhi Daredevils of the IPL.
2. Eden Gardens
The oldest cricket stadium in India, the Eden Gardens was established way back in 1864. After all, the stadium is often called the “cricket’s answer to the Colosseum”, and is known as one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world. Today, the stadium can hold over 66,000 people but has boast an enormous 100,000 seating capacity in the past.
1. Melbourne Cricket Ground
Also known by its nickname, “The G”, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is found in Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria. With a seating capacity listed at 100,024, this stadium is the largest cricket stadium in the world and the 10th largest regardless of sports. It even boasts a record 124,696 attendance in the 1970 VFL Grand Final. Since its establishment, The G has served international sporting events including the 1956 Summer Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and the 1992 and 2015 Cricket World Cups. It is also the location of Australia’s National Sports Museum. In addition, it is home to both the Australian Football League and the Australia national cricket team.