India is a nation full of cricket fanatics. Almost every region of the country is filled with fans who enjoy the game. Cricket stadiums are therefore present throughout the nation. Here, in this article, we take a look at the list of the five of the highest capacity cricket stadiums in India right now.
There are usually two ways in which the capacity of a cricket stadium can be decided. Of course, cost reasons aside, the game’s popularity in the region and the city’s suitability for hosting international games are taken into account. As stadiums are one of the main revenue streams, a park’s capacity is very important to stakeholders.
1) Narendra Modi Stadium (Ahmedabad) – 132000
Not only in India, but Narendra Modi Stadium or Motera Stadium in Gujarat is the cricket stadium that can accommodate the largest number of fans at a time in the globe. Demolished in 2015, it was reported that INR 800 crore was invested in the construction of the huge stadium. In 2021, the stadium hosted a pink ball test match between India and England. The stadium opened recently and has been the home of high profile games in India ever since. In the future, the most important Indian games could take place here. This is also due to the high-class facilities available. In times of COVID, such stages will come in handy. This venue is likely to host a new IPL team in 2022.
2) Gardens of Eden (Calcutta) – 80000
Referred to as the home of Indian cricket, Eden Gardens is the oldest cricket stadium in India. The game hosted some iconic cricket matches. At the moment, it is the third largest stadium in the world. It also hosted the first pink ball test match in India. Located in Kolkata, Eden Gardens has a fast outdoor court and has been supporting spinners in recent years. The final of the T20 World Cup took place here in 2016.
3) Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium (Raipur) – 65400
Usually, it is the famous cricket cities that have large stadiums. However, Raipur is a city that is home to one of the largest cricket stadiums in India. Named after Veer Narayan Singh Binjhwar, this stadium can have 65,000 spectators at a time. The first game in this venue took place in 2010. In the past it was also the second home of Delhi Capitals.
4) Greenfield International Stadium (Trivandrum) – 55000
Among the states of India, Kerala is a state that has fewer cricket fanatics than the other states of India. However, the southern state has one of the largest cricket stadiums in India. Located in Trivandrum, Greenfield International Stadium is India’s first DBOT model (design, construction, operation and relocation) outdoor stadium. This stadium has recently become India’s 50th international cricket venue.
5) Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (Hyderabad) – 55000
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium or Uppal Stadium ranks fifth on the list of the highest capacity stadiums in India. Both the Rajiv Gandhi stadium and the Greenfield stadium can accommodate 55,000 spectators. The Hyderabad stadium has an area of 16 acres. Although it is a fairly old stadium, it has hosted relatively fewer international matches. The stadium hosts the Sunrisers Hyderabad at IPL.