Maharashtra Cricket Association Cricket Stadium

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Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
Sahara Stadium Pune 4.jpg
View of MCA Stadium
Ground information
Location Gahunje, Pune, India
Establishment 2011
Capacity 34,000
Owner Maharashtra Cricket Association
Architect Hopkins Architects[1]
Operator Pune Stadium Ltd.
Tenants Indian Cricket Team
Maharashtra cricket team
End names
Pavilion End
n/a
International information
First ODI October 13, 2013: India v Australia
As of July 11, 2014
Source: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Cricinfo

Maharastra Cricket Association Stadium is a cricket stadium located at Gahunje near Pune, India.

It served as the home stadium for the Maharashtra cricket team including headquarters for the Maharashtra Cricket Association and Indian Premier League team Pune Warriors India now defunct.

With India having the largest cricket audience in the world and Indian influence in international cricket growing, the MCA decided a new stadium was needed. Hopkins Architects of London was commissioned to design a new 36,000 seat stadium in Pune and the stadium was the result.

MCA stadium from outside

The new MCA Stadium was inaugurated in April 2012 and the first match was played between Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors in April 2012. The first 20-20 International match at the stadium was played between India and England in December 2012.

History[edit]

The MCA's decision to build a new Cricket stadium in Pune stemmed from a dispute with the Pune Municipal Corporation[citation needed], regarding ticket allocations for Nehru Stadium.

This conflict came to a head when an international match between India and Sri Lanka was moved to Kolkata, with the MCA stating they were in no position to host the match. Following this, the MCA decided a new stadium was needed.

MCA Pune was inaugurated by the then ICC President and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on 1 April 2012.[2]

In 2013, the Indian company Sahara India Pariwar bought the naming rights and the stadium was renamed the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. However, the name was changed back to the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium because Sahara paid only a part of the Rs. 200 crore that it had promised when acquiring the rights.[3]

Construction[edit]

The original completion date was November 2010 at a cost of Rs 1.50 billion, covering and area of 35 acres (140,000 m2).[4] However, the stadium was ready by 2012 . As a result, the stadium was not able to host ICC Cricket World Cup matches as originally intended.

The stadium is an astute addition to Hopkins Architects' already impressive portfolio: the prestigious practice also has notable work at London's Lord's and Hampshire County Cricket grounds, and the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton (completed February 2007), along with its recent London Velopark win.

The MPIC project included:

  • A main 15 wicket match ground
  • Adjacent practice ground with nets, for practice and smaller matches
  • Spectator seating for 36,000 grouped into 4 stands
  • A Members' Pavilion and a media stand
  • Additional facilities for 5,000 members including squash and badminton courts, a swimming pool, spa, restaurants and bars
  • 80 corporate hospitality boxes
  • A state-of-the-art indoor Cricket Academy with residential accommodation for youth training schemes
  • Parking for almost 4,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers.[5]

The site is located close the Mumbai Pune Expressway, just outside the city of Pune, with dramatic views of the surrounding mountains.

The stadium and the seating arrangement have been designed in such a way that an unobstructed view is assured from each location.

The most important feature of this stadium is the rain water drainage system. Many a times, matches are abandoned, due to heavy downpour.To overcome this problem, MCA opted for sand based outfield developed departmentally with technical assistance from STRI Limited, UK Due to this technology, even during the heavy showers, water on the outfield drained out fast making it ready for play again just in some minutes.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MCA Pune International Cricket Centre". Hopkins. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "International cricket stadium inaugurated near Pune". NDTV. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Naming rights tussle: Sahara stadium to go by ‘MCA’ name. Indian Express (2013-09-12). Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  4. ^ "Pune to have own cricket stadium". Indian Express. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "MCA". Retrieved 27 February 2013. 

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Coordinates: 18°40′28″N 73°42′23″E / 18.67444°N 73.70639°E / 18.67444; 73.70639