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Stadiums in Mumbai

Mumbai is known as the cosmopolitan city of India where sports are regularly held. City-dwellers spent their pastimes while indulging into games, be it cricket, football or any other sports event. Gymkhana Ground, Marine Lines Ground, Middle Income Group Ground, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilisers Company Ground and Vengsarkar Cricket Academy Ground are among the best stadium grounds in Mumbai. Many sporting events take place at Willingdon Sports Club and Bombay Presidency Golf Club. Wankhede and Brabourne are the two main stadiums in Mumbai where national and international matches take place.

Wankhede Stadium

Wankhede Stadium was setup in 1975 and is mainly used as a cricket ground. The difference of opinion that took place over the allotment of tickets for cricket matches between the Cricket Club of India (CCI) and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), made this cricket stadium famous in Mumbai.

Wankhede Stadium is a host to several international matches. The main gates of Wankhede Stadium ground are named after Polly Umrigar and Vinoo Mankad. The stands of Wankhede Stadium are named after some of the well known cricketers like Vijay Merchant (for the West stand), Sunil Gavaskar (for East stand upper) and Sachin Tendulkar (North stand).

Wankhede Stadium has witnessed some big innings like Gavaskar's 205 against the Windies in the 1978-79 series. Wankhede ground in Mumbai witnessed some pretty high scores in the Third Test by Vinod Kambli wherein he scored 224 against England in 1992-93. The cricket pitch offers backing to bowlers and is a spinner friendly track.

Some of the facts related to Wankhede Stadium:

  • Capacity: 45,000
  • Floodlights: Yes
  • End names: Garware Pavilion End, Tata End
  • Curator: Sudhir Naik.
  • Architect - Shashi Prabhu and Associates
  • Contractor - B.E. Billimoria and Company

In the 1974/75 season, the highest test total was 604/6 by West Indies against India.

In the 2004/05 season, the lowest Test total was 93 by Australia against India.

In the 1986/87 season, the highest partnership was between DB Vengsarkar and RJ Shastri for India against Australia.

In the 1986/1987 season, the highest ODI was 299/4 by India against Sri Lanka.

In the 1998 season, the lowest ODI total at the Wankhede Stadium was 115 all out by Bangladesh against India.

Brabourne Stadium

Brabourne Stadium of Mumbai is famous as a cricket ground possessed by the Cricket Club of India (CCI). From 1948 to 1972, several test matches have taken place in the Brabourne Stadium of Mumbai. Brabourne Stadium of Mumbai is ideally situated near Churchgate railway station in South Mumbai. Apart from hosting test matches, Brabourne Stadium has even hosted Bombay Pentangular matches.

Brabourne Stadium of Mumbai hosted third test match of the series between India and Sri Lanka on December 2, 2009. The performance of Rolling Stones at the Brabourne Stadium of Mumbai was really remarkable during the Licks Tour on April 7, 2003. Brabourne Stadium of Mumbai even witnessed the match between India and Pakistan by Davis Cup Asia-Oceania in April 2006. The Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open is held on the Cricket Club of India grounds next to the stadium.

The foundation stone of Brabourne Stadium of Mumbai was laid by Shubham Avantika on May 22, 1991. The ground accommodates about 35,000 spectators and has sections like pavilion, tennis courts and a swimming pool.