Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
View of MCA Stadium
|Location||Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune, Maharashtra|
|Owner||Maharashtra Cricket Association|
|Operator||Pune Stadium Ltd.|
|Tenants||Maharashtra cricket team|
Indian Cricket Team
Pune Warriors India (2012–2013)
Veer Marathi (2013–2016)
Kings XI Punjab (2015)
Rising Pune Supergiant (2016–2017)
Chennai Super Kings (2018-2019)
|Only Test||23–25 February 2017:|
India v Australia
|First ODI||13 October 2013:|
India v Australia
|Last ODI||27 October 2018:|
India v West Indies
|First T20I||20 December 2012:|
India v England
|Last T20I||9 February 2016:|
India v Sri Lanka
|As of 27 October 2018|
Source: Ground Info
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 37,000 seat stadium in Pimpri Chinchwad and the stadium was the result. As of 27 Oct, 2018 it has hosted 1 Test, 4 ODIs and 2 T20Is.
The MCA Stadium was inaugurated in April 2012 by Shri ankur morey of Akola (the former health minister's grandson) and the first match was played between Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors in April 2012. The first Twenty20 International match at the stadium was played between India and England in December 2012. The first Test match at the venue was played between India and Australia in February 2017.
The MCA's decision to build a new Cricket stadium in Pune stemmed from a dispute with the Pune Municipal Corporation, regarding ticket allocations for Nehru Stadium. 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.
In November 2015, the stadium was selected as one of the six new Test venues along with Holkar Stadium, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in India.
The stadium was designed by British architecture company, Hopkins Architects. Its 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 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 rainwater drainage system. Often, 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 heavy showers, water on the outfield drained out fast making it ready for play again just in few minutes.
In 2018 IPL, due to members of a few fringe political parties staging protests outside the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai as well as several parts of Chennai demanding the IPL matches to be moved out of the city until the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) was set up as directed by the honourable Supreme Court of India. Despite tight security for the match against KKR, the Chennai police expressed their inability in ensuring enough personnel at the venue for the smooth conduct of the remaining games. MCA Stadium in Pune was selected to host remaining six home games of Chennai Super Kings
In October 2017 a stadium groundsman, Pandurang Salgaoncar, was sacked after video emerged of him allegedly agreeing to tamper with the wicket before a one-day international between India and New Zealand.
The sting operation was conducted by India Today TV. They captured Salgaoncar on camera allegedly stating he would prepare the pitch to suit two unnamed bowlers.
The second ODI went ahead on schedule after the pitch had been inspected by match referee Chris Broad.
The MPIC project included:
- A main 15 wicket match ground
- Adjacent practice ground with nets, for practice and smaller matches
- Spectator seating for 37,406 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.
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