Now who wouldn’t want to visit the famous international Cricket Stadium where the famous and popular sportspersons have shown their greatness? Cricket is more of a religion to India than a mere sport. People throng at the gates of the stadium to even catch a glimpse of any matches that take place here.
Inaugurated only in the year 2008, the stadium has already been declared as the second host venue for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. Constructed by the Government of Chhattisgarh, the layout has been fitted with modern sports arena, redone plush corporate boxes, media facilities, and heat-proof roofing.
Seeing the lush bright green evenly cut grass with the lines being set for the upcoming matches, I sense the breeze and the ambience of the stadium lulling me into cricket frenzy.
Most Indian Premier League Matches have been conducted here at the Shahid Veer Narayan International cricket Stadium of Chhattisgarh. The first International Standard Cricket Match to have ever been conducted here was between a Canadian National Cricket team against the State of Chhattisgarh, a One day International Match in the year 2010.
The stadium has also hosted a Half-Marathon on the theme “Let us Run”, in December 2012 on the 16th, marking the Vijay Diwas Day. The stadium also hosted eight T20 Matches of the Champions League Twenty20 in 2014 and for the first time in the history of CLT20 Matches, the qualifiers were sold out.
I am told that Veteran Cricketer Sunil Gavaskar rated the Stadium as one of the best in the country and even proposed to put it to use for all types of matches in the days to come. India’s favorite, Irfan Pathan was awed by the modern facilities at the stadium and is quoted to have said, “ When opportunities are created, and such facilities are in place, there is hope that cricketers will emerge. I hope to play again at this wonderful venue.”
I hear there are more CLT20 to be played here this year. Book your tickets early on and enjoy the matches in comfort and full of pep.