Has the thought ever come to your mind of which is the biggest stadium in the world? No doubt about the fact that sports continue to surge in popularity levels with massive spectator capabilities across the world. Based on the cricket updates, various stadiums have large capacities, but only one of them can claim to be the top one in terms of capacity. An interesting feature is that most of the top cricket stadiums are in Australia or India. Let us flip through the top capacity stadiums.
- Narendra Modi Stadium- It was originally constructed in the year 1983, and later it was refurbished in the year 2006; with a capacity of 132,000, it has to be the largest in the world. Even at 50 % capacity, the stadium is larger than most average stadiums worldwide. When Donald Trump visited the stadium as a US president in the year 2020, the stadium did witness a turnover of around 100,000. There are a lot of iconic moments in this cricket stadium.
- Melbourne Cricket Stadium- Holding a capacity of 100,024, the stadium comes an unlikely 2nd in the list of most popular cricket stadiums. The stadium holds the largest attendance for a single-day test match at 91,112, and the highest domestic attendance for a local game was 80,833. Though Narendra Modi Stadium is the largest in terms of capacity, MCG has gone on to receive the highest attendance on a given day. It is one of the most important grounds in the domain of international cricket. The boxing day cricket match on Dec 26th is a sought-out affair.
- Eden Gardens- is one of the oldest cricket stadiums and ranks among the top 3 stadiums in the world. It has a rapid outfield, and the capacity of the stadium is 80,000. This is referred to as the home of cricket in India. Once again, this is known as the Mecca of Indian cricket. In the year 1999, there was an estimation that 465,000 people attended the game over 5 days. Then, the official capacity of the stadium was 66,000, which meant that the stadium was full on most days.
- Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium- The stadium has a capacity of 65,000 people and ranks 4th among the biggest cricket stadiums. For all those who are familiar with IPL, it is the home to the Delhi Daredevils Franchise. It is a popular ground in terms of its all-pitch conditions. The pitch of the ground is such that all the players can expect something out of the same.
- Perth Stadium- Situated in Australia, it is a multi-purpose stadium, and from the earlier capacity of 65,000, it has been reduced to 61,266. It was opened in February 2017, and it has gone on to witness numerous cricket matches. In the big bash league, it is the home ground of Perth Scorchers. In a lot of ways, it is famous, like the WACA pitch in Australia, which is one of the bounciest ones in the world. This is a ground that favors big hitting and is a delight for the fast bowlers.
- Adelaide Oval – The list continues ahead with Adelaide Oval, which is one of the picture-perfect grounds. An interesting feature of this ground is the oval shape, and it derives its name from the same trend. Since 1884 the ground has been holding international matches. At maximum capacity, the ground holds a capacity of 55. 283. It was during the 2017/ 2018 ashes the ground witnessed its maximum capacity. There is a drop in pitch at this ground that leads to a unique wicket of its own.
- Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium- This also ranks among the top stadiums in the world, but it has only gone on to hold a few international games. The capacity of the stadium is 55,000, and it is the home base of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. In the year 2019, the stadium was addressed as one of the best sporting wickets in IPL. The pitch, along with the ground, did attract a lot of attention in the run-up to the event.
- Greenfield International Stadium- This stadium in the southernmost tip of India holds a capacity of 55,000. It is only in the last few years that the stadium has gone on to receive its only fair share of international games. It would be fair to say that it is one of the most eco-friendly stadiums in the country and does have its rainwater harvesting facility as well.
- M. A. Chidambaram Stadium- The ground has plenty of history, and with a capacity of 50,000, it ranks right up there. Due to the hot and humid weather, the wicket is dry, and there is hardly a tinge of green on this pitch. By the third innings, the wicket tends to break down and is considered to be one of the spin-friendly wickets in the country. India went on to notch their first win at the stadium, and Sachin Tendulkar scored the maximum amount of runs at this venue. In addition, who can forget the famous tied test between India and Australia in 1986?
- JSCA International Stadium- This stadium is situated in Ranchi, India, and has a total capacity of 50,000 with 76 corporate boxes and around 40,000 official seating capacity. It is only one of the stadiums in India to have hills in the background. The ground is big with a typical spinners’ wicket, so any score of 150 in a T 20 international game is competitive.
To conclude, these are some of the popular stadiums worldwide when it comes to spectator capacity. Nowadays, with the advent of TV, most of the games are available on TV, but nothing stands in comparison to the thrill along with excitement at the cricket ground. So do not take a step back and soak in the fun that the wonderful game of cricket has to offer.