The schedule for the World Cup 2023 is finally out. The tournament will be the 13th edition of the ODI World Cup.
It will be the 4th time that the ODI World Cup is taking place in Asia. However, it will be the first time the ODI World Cup will be solely played in India; in the previous three times, in 1997, 1996, and 2011, the tournament was co-hosted with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh at various points.
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The 48-game World Cup 2023 will be played across 10 venues in India.
Here’s the seating capacities of all 10 venues in World Cup 2023:
Ahmedabad – 132,000
The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad is the largest cricket stadium in the world in terms of seating capacity: it can hold 132,000 spectators.
The BCCI and the ICC are hopeful to fill up the Narendra Modi stadium for the two biggest games in the World Cup 2023: India vs Pakistan on October 14 and the Final on November 19.
The tournament will also get underway in Ahmedabad on October 5, with defending champions England taking on New Zealand. Another marquee game at Ahmedabad is that of Ashes rivals, England and Australia.
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Hyderabad – 45,000
The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad has a seating capacity of 45,000 spectators.
Hyderabad will host 3 matches in the World Cup, but none of Team India. Pakistan will play Netherlands and Sri Lanka here and the other game is between Netherlands and New Zealand.
Dharamshala – 23,000
The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamshala is one of the picturesque cricket stadiums in the world. Situated at an altitude of 1,457 m above the sea level, the stadium in Dharamshala is a must-visit for a cricket fan with the snow-capped Himalayan mountains in the background making it beautifully scenic.
The HPCA stadium in Dharamshala has a seating capacity of 23,000 fans.
The venue will host 5 games in the World Cup 2023, including India vs New Zealand and Australia vs New Zealand.
Delhi – 41,000
The Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi has a seating capacity of 41,000 fans. 5 games in the World Cup will be held in Delhi, including India’s encounter against Afghanistan.
Chennai – 40,000
The MA Chidambaram Stadium, or Chepauk, in Chennai can house upto 40,000 fans. The two stands that had previously for years been under renovation have been built and will be opened for the fans.
India’s first match in the tournament, on October 8 against Australia, will be hosted by Chennai. On October 27, Pakistan will take on South Africa here.
Lucknow – 50,000
The Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow will have the opportunity to host five matches in the World Cup, including the blockbuster match between India and England, and Australia and South Africa.
The Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, has a seating capacity of 50,000 spectators.
Pune – 37,000
The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune will play host to India’s clash against Bangladesh along with 4 other games in the tournament.
The MCA Stadium in Pune can hold over 37,000 fans.
Bangalore – 32,000
One of the famous grounds in India is M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, which can accommodate 32,000 fans.
The Chinnaswamy stadium will host five games in the World Cup 2023, including Australia vs Pakistan and India vs Netherlands.
Mumbai – 33,000
The iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has a seating capacity of 33,000 spectators.
MS Dhoni hit that six in the 2011 World Cup final at the Wankhede to lift India to the World Cup trophy.
In the World Cup 2023, the Wankhede stadium will host five matches, including India vs Sri Lanka and England vs South Africa, and also the first semi-final. If India qualify for the semi-final they will play at the Wankhede, but if their opposition is Pakistan, then they will play at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Kolkata – 68,000
One of the most historic cricket venues in the world is the Eden Gardens in Kolkata which has a seating capacity of 68,000 fans.
The India vs South Africa game on November 5 will be played in Kolkata and so will the England vs Pakistan encounter. The Eden Gardens will host the second semi-final; if India and Pakistan are drawn to play the semi-final, they will play in Kolkata, otherwise, India’s semi-final to any other team will be played in Mumbai.