All you need to know about the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
Opened in 2008 by the Vidarbha Cricket Association, the VCA Stadium in the Nagpur city is a swanky new, technologically innovated cricket ground that looks to indulge spectators in a true viewing experience. The 45,000 capacity stadium holds not only massive concourses that make for vociferous Indian support when the home side is in action but also of a pristine, lush green field that makes for a terrific place to play cricket at.
It’s not just the main ground at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium though that is one of the finest in the country. Its world-class training facilities, innovated by the latest installments indulge players in a rich cricketing experience to fine hone their skill set. The four stands that it incorporates, the East and the West stands are open air stands with two massive tiers while the three-tier North stand houses the Commercial box, President’s Room and board rooms. The South stand also encompasses three tiers, housing the players’ pavilion and all other facilities for the players.
Located in Jamtha, the edifice was further refurbished in March 2009 to bring about large light towers at the venue that have made the stadium fully capable of conducting day-night matches. At nearly 65 metres, the High Mast floodlight is one of its kinds in the country. In lieu of the issued ICC guidelines and broadcast requirements, the ground is lit up to the required 3000 lux.
One of the first things that was considered when designing the location was ensuring that spectators comfort was of paramount importance. To that, the developers included all the stands with utility foyers with the services including food stalls, drinking water arrangements and adequate toilet facilities. Regulated entry and exit facilities ensure that a heavy footfall is easily negotiated at the stadium, allowing spectators simple and easy access to the ground.
Ever since a successful inauguration to the stadium, India has enjoyed a rich outing at the ground and since 2009, the side has been colossal at the venue. The first match played in 2008 saw India defeat Australia in the fourth and final match of the test series to wrap up a series win over their opponents. It’s a stadium that has traditionally favoured the batsmen, seeing the first innings score in ODI matches to record a high average of 292 with the second innings average total coming down to 250.
Over time, the venue has hosted not only a host of international matches and showpiece tournaments. Each year the VCA stadium successfully also serves as the home ground to the Vidarbha team and carries out many domestic tournaments in India. Stout-hearted at the stadium, the Indian cricket team will be looking to continue their exuberant touch at the location and maintain their supremacy at it.
International Matches Played at Nagpur
One Day International