Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
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View of MCA Stadium
|Owner||Maharashtra Cricket Association|
|Operator||Pune Stadium Ltd.|
|Tenants||Maharashtra cricket team
Indian Cricket Team
Pune Warriors India (2012—2013)
Veer Marathi (2013—present)
Kings XI Punjab (2015)
Rising Pune Supergiants (2016—present)
|First ODI||13 October 2013:
India v Australia
|First T20I||20 December 2012:
India v England
|Last T20I||9 February 2016:
India v Sri Lanka
|As of 9 February 2016
Source: Ground Info
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.
The 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.
The MCA's decision to build a new Cricket stadium in Pune stemmed from a dispute with the Pune Municipal Corporation, 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.
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.
In November 2015, the stadium was selected one of the six new Test venue along with Holkar Stadium, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in India.
The stadium was designed by British architecture company, Hopkins Architects. Its original completion date was November 2010 at a cost of Rs 1.50 billion, covering and area of 35 acres (140,000 m2). 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 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 rainwater drainage system. Many 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 few minutes.
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.
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