Cricket is considered as a religion in India. Safe to say, Indians are always high on cricket fever since the introduction of IPL. Not only the game but Indians love glamour connected to the game. India contains some of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world. An interesting fact is, India homes five of the ten largest stadiums in the world. So let’s talk about the Top 5 largest cricket stadiums in India in terms of capacity.
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Top 5 Largest Cricket Stadiums In India:
#5 M.A. Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai) – 50,000 capacity
M.A. Chidambaram stadium is the second oldest cricket stadium in India and owned by Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. It has a seating capacity of 50,000. Established in 1916, M.A. Chidambaram stadium is also nicknamed Chepauk Stadium. The stadium serves as the home ground for Chennai Super Kings in IPL and Tamil Nadu cricket team in domestic cricket. The first-ever match held in Chepauk was between India and England in a test cricket match back in 1934.
#4 Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (Hyderabad) – 55,000 capacity
The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium got its name after former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It was established in the year 2003 and has a capacity of 55,000 and is owned by Hyderabad Cricket Association. The stadium homes Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL and Hyderabad cricket team in domestic matches. The first-ever match played in the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium was an ODI in 2005 between India and South Africa.
#3 Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium (Raipur) – 65,000 capacity
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium was established in 2008 and also known as Naya Raipur International Cricket Stadium. Situated in Raipur, the stadium holds a capacity of 65,000. The government of Chhattisgarh owns this stadium with Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh acts as the operator. It serves as the home ground to the Chhattisgarh cricket team in the domestic tournaments and Delhi Capitals in IPL. The first match played in this stadium was an ODI between Canada national cricket team and the Chhattisgarh cricket team.
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#2 Eden Gardens (Kolkata) – 80,000 capacity
The iconic Eden Gardens is the oldest stadium in India and situated on the bank of the river Ganga in the city of Kolkata. Eden Gardens holds a capacity to hold 80,000 fans at a time. West Bengal Cricket Association owns this iconic stadium with the Cricket Association of Bengal being the operator. The first match ever to be held in this stadium was a test match between India and England back in 1934. The Eden Gardens serves as the home ground of the Bengal Cricket team in domestic and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL.
#1 Narendra Modi Stadium (Ahmedabad) – 1,32,000 capacity
The Narendra Modi Stadium got its name after the current Indian PM Narendra Modi. The Narendra Modi Stadium is not only the largest stadium in India but the world too. It has a mammoth capacity of 1,32,000 and was built in 1983 but it got completely renovated in 2020. The Gujarat Cricket Association owns this gigantic ground and serves as the home ground for the Gujarat Cricket team in domestic matches. The first-ever game to be held here was a test match between India and West Indies in 1983.
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