Sports in West Bengal

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Salt Lake Stadium – Yuva Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata

Sports in West Bengal has its own importance. Sports like cricket and football are the most popular sports in the Indian state of West Bengal.


Unlike in other Indian states where cricket is considered as the most popular game, football is the most popular game in West Bengal.[1][2][2][3][3] It can be considered as the football hub of India and houses many national clubs like Mohun Bagan A.C., East Bengal Club, Mohammedan Sporting Club and ATK (football club) .[4][5]


As mostly in India, cricket is immensely popular among the masses of west Bengal. It houses the Eden Gardens stadium which is the largest cricket stadium in India. Eden gardens can house more than 100,000 people and is one of the only two 100,000-seat cricket amphitheaters in the world.[6] Eden gardens is also the home for the East Zone and Bengal Cricket team. It also houses the Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders bought by Shah Rukh Khan which uses Eden gardens as its home turf. Calcutta Cricket and Football Club is the second-oldest cricket club in the world.[7]

Other games[edit]

Indian sports like Kho Kho and Kabaddi are also popular among the masses here.


The oldest polo club of the world, Calcutta Polo Club is also present here.[8]


Outside Great Britain the Royal Calcutta Golf Club is the oldest of its kind [9]


Notable persons[edit]

Panoramic View of the Eden Gardens Stadium during IPL 2008


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