World cricket grounds
A lottery win and I think a world tour of these stadiums would be near the top of my ‘to do’ list.
1. Lords, established 1814, capacity 32,000
The ‘home of cricket’ is the home ground to Middlesex and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The first match at the ground was played between Marylebone Cricket Club v Hertfordshire on 22 June 1814. The ‘spaceship’ media centre was built in 1999 prior to the World Cup and seats over 100 journalists right behind the bowler’s arm. The ground also hosts the MCC Museum, the oldest sports museum in the world and holds celebrated cricketing memorabilia including the Ashes. Famously, the oval slopes by around eight feet from the north-west corner to the south-east corner.
2. Newlands, Cape Town, 25,000
At the foot of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, this is one of the most picturesque grounds for watching cricket. It is also one of the few in South Africa that favours spin. In 1998, the ground hosted an AFL exhibition match between the Brisbane Lions and Fremantle which drew around 10,000 spectators.
3 Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1854, capacity 100,018
The MCG was the centrepiece for the 1956 Olympics and draws large cricketing crowds each year for the Boxing Day test and other ODI and T20 games. The ground is the tenth largest stadium in the world and has undergone two significant redevelopments: in 1992 before the 1993 Cricket World Cup (Great Southern Stand, $150m) and in 2006 prior to the 2008 Commonwealth Games (Ponsford, Members and Olympic stands, $445m).
4. Eden Gardens, Kolkata, 1864, 62,000
The largest capacity Indian ground and home of the Kolkata Knight Riders. The first international test was played here in 1934 between India and England. The stadium was redeveloped prior to the 2011 Cricket World Cup and previously had a capacity of around 100,000! It hosted the 1987 CWC final in which Australia beat England by seven runs.
The Oval, London