Central Broward Regional Park

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Central Broward Regional Park and Central Broward Stadium
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Ground information
Location 3700 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, Florida 33111
Establishment 9 November 2007
Capacity 20,000
Owner Broward County, Florida
Architect H.J. Russell
Seawood Builders
Operator Broward County
Parks and Recreation Division
Tenants Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids (USAFL) (2008–present)
South Florida Elite Futbol Club (USYS) (2008–present)
Floridians FC (PDL) (2010–present)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) (2016)
International information
First T20I 22 May 2010:
 New Zealand v  Sri Lanka
Last T20I 28 August 2016:
 India v  West Indies
As of 28 August 2016
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Central Broward Regional Park and Central Broward Stadium is a large county park in Lauderhill, Florida, owned and operated by Broward County. It opened on November 9, 2007, at a construction cost of $70 million. It is located at the corner of US 441 and State Road 838 (Sunrise Blvd.).

Main Event Field[edit]

Cricket[edit]

The Main Event Field was designed with cricket in mind.[1] It features a large circular grass pitch, roughly 167 yards (153 meters) diameter.[2] Surrounding it is a 5,000-seat stadium and large berms capable of holding 15,000 more. It also features stadium lighting and a luxury viewing area. As of March 2016, it is the only venue in the United States officially certified by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for One Day International (ODI) play.[3]

The first organized cricket event held there was a Twenty20 cricket tournament, the Martin Luther King Twenty20 Cricket Tournament (MLK T20), on January 18–20, 2008. The event featured local players from India, Pakistan and the West Indies. The first international tournament hosted was another Twenty20 tournament, the MAQ T20 International Cricket Tournament, on May 23–25, 2008. That event featured teams from Canada, Pakistan, the West Indies, and the rest of the world, including former superstars such as Javed Miandad, Richie Richardson, and Mohammed Azharuddin.[4]

The park also hosted the first full cricket international matches on American soil, a two-match Twenty20 series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, on May 22-23, 2010.[5] The series was drawn 1-1, a low-scoring affair (the highest total by either team was New Zealand's 120/7 in the first game), with a healthy and supportive crowd, as well as the fine-quality facilities (allowing for the exception of substandard lighting, which resulted in the cancellation of an originally scheduled night match).[6]

On June 30th and July 1st, 2012, New Zealand and the West Indies played 2 T20Is at this ground, with the Windies winning both matches convincingly. In 2016, the West Indies-based Caribbean Premier League played multiple matches at Central Broward Regional Park during the second half of July.[7]

On August 2nd, 2016, India and the West Indies announced that they would play a two-match T20 series on 27th and 28th August at Central Broward Regional Park, marking India's first international matches on American soil, as an addendum to India's tour of the Caribbean.[8][9] Ahead of the start of the series, Indian coach and retired star leg-spin bowler Anil Kumble said about the park, "I certainly didn't expect the facilities to be as good as what it is in the United States. I certainly felt that it could be a makeshift. I had heard about Florida and this ground, but very impressed with the facilities that we have seen today."[10]

Only one match produced a result, with the second match ending in a no result due to rain and a technical delay. In the first match of the series, India's Lokesh Rahul scored the second-fastest T20I century off only 46 balls, eventually finishing on 110 not out for the highest international score in the venue's history. The two teams also the posted the highest international innings totals in the venue's history, with the West Indies winning by one run (245/6 off 20 overs against 244/4 off 20 overs) thanks to Evin Lewis' own century (100 off 49 balls).[11]

Australian Rules Football[edit]

The Main Event Field was the home of the Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids of the United States Australian Football League in 2008.

In 2015 the venue hosted the 10th edition of the 49th Parallel Cup, an annual Australian Football match between the USA and Canada.

Other sports[edit]

The mayor of Lauderhill, Richard J. Kaplan, sent a letter to ICC chief executive Dave Richardson in April 2013, stating that the council was looking at redeveloping the cricket stadium into a multi-sports facility, due to the lack of income and marquee events that have recently been held at the Field.[12]

It also hosted the United States national rugby union team's home leg in their 2011 Rugby World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on November 21, 2009. The USA, already with a win in Uruguay in the first leg, secured its place in New Zealand with a 27–6 win.

The Main Event Field will host the Floridians FC, a soccer team in the Premier Development League, in 2015.

The Fort Lauderdale Barracudas of the Stars Football League played their three home games at the park during the 2012 season. The league will play all of its games at the stadium for the 2013 season.

In 15 July 2016, The Main Event Field will be also home of Fort Lauderdale Strikers of North American Soccer League.

Other amenities[edit]

Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium also has two large artificial-turf practice fields. They can be split into four American football or association football pitches, or combined into two cricket pitches. It also features standard playgrounds, a 1.5-mile walking trail, and basketball, netball and tennis courts. A water park—Tropical Splash—opened in March 2008.[13]

The park is also home to the MLS Combine, the future stars of Major League Soccer since its inception in 2011.

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Coordinates: 26°08′24″N 80°11′55″W / 26.139959°N 80.198689°W / 26.139959; -80.198689