A stadium is like a welcoming home for cricket teams where the host invites the visiting team to enjoy some interesting cricket. The aesthetics and renovations have made these modern stadiums look even better.
A stadium needs to pack thousands of cricket geeks and still look as attractive as a famous tourist spot. Cricket boards work hard to make these stadiums alluring and fascinating. The most beautiful stadiums can be ranked as-
1) HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala:
This stadium is located at 1457 m above sea level with snow-capped Himalayan ranges in the backdrop just completing the picturesque. The HPCA stadium is considered the world’s most beautiful stadium owing to its scenic perfection and pleasing environment. The first ODI here was played between India and England in 2013. Whereas India hosted a test match versus Australia in 2017.
2) Lord’s stadium, London:
Lord’s is popularly known as the home of cricket. It is a 205 years old stadium with a fine history of exciting cricket. Most of the historic moments like the NatWest trophy final where Dada took off his shirt and the 2019 World Cup finals that entered in a super over have taken place here. The Worcester River and views from the balconies make Lord an unforgettable experience.
3) Saxton Oval, Nelson:
Again a stadium surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges features in this list. The Saxton Oval is a small ground with a capacity of only 6,000 spectators. It doesn’t have formal stands but one can see viewers lying around relaxing with a beer. The first match played here was an ODI in 2014.
4) Queenstown Event Center, New Zealand:
The unique stadium lies at the foot of the Remarkables mountain range and the bank of Lake Wakatipu. It has a capacity of 19000 people and is famous for the aircraft runways around it. Also known as John Davies Oval, this stadium is a spectacular form of architecture.
5) Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St.Lucia:
Located in between the Beausèjour Hills which is just around the corner from Rodney Bay in Gros Islet St.Lucia, this stadium is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the Caribbean. The stadium hosted its first match in 2002 and the first World Cup match in 2007. It is named after the island’s first cricketer Mr. Darren Sammy.
6) Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia:
This ground is also known as the MCG is famous for being the world’s 10th largest stadium and having the highest capacity (1,00,000). This stadium is a sheer bliss of modern infrastructure and supports multi-sports activities. It is located right in the center of Melbourne which also makes it a tourist attraction.
7) Galle International Stadium:
After being demolished by the tsunami of 2004, this stadium was rebuilt only further enhance its beauty. The Galle International Stadium is located on the South Western coast of Sri Lanka and is surrounded by the Indian Ocean on both sides. The breezy stadium holds fine grasslands and greenery all around.
8) Pukekura Park Cricket Stadium, New Zealand:
Not much of international cricket is played here, but when one talks about the most beautiful stadiums, Pukekura Park makes the cut. It has a fine picturesque around filled with greenery and clear skies. It has a capacity of 25,000 spectators.
9) Newlands, Cape Town:
The Newlands stadium is one of the oldest in South Africa. It is located on the western coast of Cape Town and is surrounded by the Table mountain. The stadium first hosted a test match in 1889 and since then has remained as one of the shrines of cricket. This stadium also witnessed Sachin Tendulkar’s last test century in 2011.
10) Eden Garden, Kolkata:
It is said that “No cricketers education is complete till he plays at the Eden Gardens.” Eden Gardens is the Mecca of test cricket in India. The people here add to its beauty and their roars become melodious for cricket as a game. The Eden Gardens has a capacity of about 68,000 people just behind the MCG in the same terms. It also hosted the finals of the 1987 World Cup. India’s debut in pink ball test cricket was marked by crowded stands at the Eden Gardens.