Newly built Eisenhower Cricket Stadium ready to host T20 World Cup matches

The stadium which is one of the three venues in the USA for the T20 World Cup will host the highly anticipated clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan

The preparations for the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 scheduled to be held in the USA and West Indies are in full swing with the squads already announced by the majority of the teams. In another major development, the under-construction Eisenhower Stadium in the USA with a capacity to accommodate 34000 spectators is now ready to host its first ever multinational cricket tournament. The International Cricket Council (ICC) governing body of the sport will now conduct a series of tests before the main tournament kicks off on June 1.

The Fixtures

The Eisenhower stadium which is one of the three venues in the USA identified by the ICC for the T20 World Cup along with Dallas and Texas will host the highly anticipated clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan while the other two venues will be hosting four games each. The Eisenhower Stadium which is 25 miles away from New York City will host a warmup game between India and Bangladesh before hosting its first official World Cup game on June 3.

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The Project

The Eisenhower Stadium is one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by the ICC before the start of the multination tournament in the USA the construction of which was started five months ago. If we talk about the challenges involved in the project one of the major challenges faced by the organizers was transportation of the drop-in pitches by land to New York after preparing them in Florida and installing them in both the main square and in the practice Arena.

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The Preparation

A total of ten drop-in pitches have been installed in the main square and six in the practice areas which have been prepared by the Adelaide Oval Turf Solutions led by Damian Hough. As far as the outfield is concerned it is prepared by LandTek group which is a US-based firm involved in the business of making turf. The organization has previously designed playing surfaces for other sports like Baseball and Soccer

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What they said

“We’ve turned what was park land and an informal cricket ground into what you’ll agree looks like a world-class cricket stadium that you might find anywhere,” Chris Tetley, ICC’s head of events, said in a media interaction on Tuesday.

“community cricket events” would be staged in the last two weeks of May to understand the operational demands and the management of the resources including testing the infrastructure. “There will be proper cricket played there before the first match of the event,” he added.