Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
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|Owner||Maharashtra Cricket Association|
|Operator||Pune Stadium Ltd.|
|Tenants||Indian Cricket Team
Pune Warriors India (2012-2013)
Kings XI Punjab (2015-present)
|First ODI||October 13, 2013: India v Australia|
|As of July 11, 2014
Source: Sahara Cricket Association Stadium, Cricinfo
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 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.
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.
The 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 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.
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 few minutes.
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