Cricket is a religion in India and the stadiums can well be called the temples where the spectators come to witness their gods. The atmosphere is of utmost importance while viewing any sport in the stadium.
India has many exquisite stadiums on par or with the ones in the West. However, in order to earn maximum profits, cricket associations who administer the stadiums end up constructing huge concrete structures, with the furthest stands providing a view that is far from good.
The crowd can hardly make out what’s happening at the centre stage and have to restrain themselves to look onto the big screen to know what exactly has happened. Also, in India, the crowd doesn't have the liberty of watching the action by holding a drink and lying down on the grass banks or by watching it cage-free, closer to the action.
In this article, we look at 3 such stadiums in India that are best from the spectator's viewpoint and that gives the crowd their money's worth.
#3. HPCA stadium, Dharamshala:
The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharamshala is one of the most picturesque stadiums in the world. The stadium is situated at an altitude of over 1400 meters above the Sea Level. In the backdrop, the snow-capped Himalayan mountains can be seen as a part of the Dhauladhar hill-range.
Apart from the scenic backdrop, it offers a number of great facilities to the spectators. The stadium is not overly built and small to medium-sized stands in comparison to the modern stadiums in the world. The finishing is simple and unadorned, adding to the atmosphere of the place.
The capacity of the stadium is 23,000. The stands are built at some height from the boundary ropes, making the view for the spectators breathtaking, to say the least. Also, the ground doesn’t obstruct the spectators with a steel cage in front of them and this is one of the most important features of this new architectural wonder.
#2. M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru:
The M Chinnaswamy stadium is one of the most prominent stadiums in India, lying in the heart of Bengaluru in the Southern State of Karnataka. Though it is one of the oldest stadiums in India, it doesn’t fail to impress from a viewing standpoint.
The architecture of the stadium is a closed one and is built over a single structure, allowing the crowd to be closer. The enclosed structure also means the noise propagates inside the stadium itself, causing echoes that create a great atmosphere. The boundaries are relatively short and as the seating arrangement is much closer to the boundary ropes, it makes viewing worthwhile for the crowd in attendance. Most of the other grounds have a significant gap between the boundary ropes and the seating arrangement. This is certainly not the case with KSCA-administered Chinnaswamy stadium.
The stadium, home to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, is first in the world to install a solar rooftop, a productive rainwater harvesting system and a unique sewage treatment plant. The sub-aeration system installed at the venue makes sure that that the sport isn’t halted in case of rains. The surface has a suction system with remote sensors that are activated automatically the moment it starts raining and the water is evacuated at the rate of 10,000 litres per minute.
#1. Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai:
The list will be incomplete without the mention of the MCA-administered Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. The Wankhede stadium lies in the heart of the financial capital of India, Mumbai. The stadium is fondly remembered as the place where India won its second World Cup and where the legend Sachin Tendulkar last played for India.
Before the World-Cup, Wankhede Stadium, along with the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata, were granted funds by ICC for a complete makeover for the mega event. The entire Wankhede stadium was revamped and was built over a cost of 300 crores. The end result has been exemplary.
The stadium is built with high stands and seating arrangements that are closer to the boundary ropes. Private boxes are built in modern architectural style, providing great comfort and facilities for the visitors. The glass blocks in private boxes are made in full height panels. The capacity has reduced by 8,000 as modern style bucket seats were installed, giving a stupendous viewing experience. The roofs are installed without beam support in a cantilevered style for a better viewing and exhaust fans are installed to absorb the hot air and allow the cool breeze to flow across the stadium.