World’s first modular cricket stadium set for T20 World Cup matches


World's first modular stadium

NEW YORK: The Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, celebrated as the world’s first modular cricket stadium, is preparing to host the highly anticipated India vs Pakistan match during the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Situated in New York City, this cutting-edge venue will feature eight exciting matches, including a clash between Bangladesh and South Africa.

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Usain Bolt – the fastest man on earth and World Cup ambassador, joined cricket legends Sir Curtly Ambrose, Shoaib Malik, and Liam Plunkett, along with USA players Corey Anderson and Monank Patel, for the stadium’s official inauguration on Wednesday (May 15).

The eagerly awaited India vs Pakistan showdown will take place on June 9. Bangladesh is set to face South Africa on June 10. However, with an official practice match between South Africa and India, the stadium will be debuting in hosting international teams on June 1.

The unveiling of the stadium’s premium seating areas marked the start of the countdown to the inaugural ICC Men’s T20 World Cup fixture in New York, as noted in the ICC’s media release. According to ICC reports, construction of the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium began in January, resulting in a world-class 34,000-seat temporary stadium, a pioneering development for international cricket in the United States.

The venue includes four pitches, with six additional pitches designated for neighboring practice facilities. These pitches, constructed in Australian city Adelaide, were curated in Florida and transported to New York by a convoy of over 20 semi-trailer trucks.

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Chris Tetley, ICC’s head of events, expressed enthusiasm about the project’s completion, emphasising the groundbreaking nature of bringing the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 to the United States.

This innovative approach, featuring a temporary venue with pitches sourced globally, sets a new standard for cricket events.

The tournament, co-hosted by the West Indies and the US, is set to begin on June 2 and promises a month of thrilling cricket action until June 29.

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