- Address: Kolkata
- Country: India
- Capacity: 66,000
- Opened: 1864
- Main use: Cricket
- Tenants: Bengal cricket team (cricket), Kolkata Knight Riders (cricket)
Extra stadium info – Eden Gardens
The stadium, which was renovated several times, is among the largest cricket stadiums in the world. Some stands of the Eden Gardens are named after former Indian cricket players and some stands are named after former Indian soldiers. Attendances for cricket games at the stadium sometimes reached over 100,000. Football clubs from West Bengal played numerous matches at the Eden Gardens. Some of those matches drew attendances above 100,000. A disaster occured in 1980, when 16 people died in a stampede at the venue after a football match.
The Cricket World Cup
In 1987, the stadium hosted its first-ever game of the tournament which is currently known as the Cricket World Cup. The national cricket team of New Zealand won the game against Zimbabwe. New Zealand, nicknamed Black Caps, won by four wickets. The stadium’s first-ever final of the tournament which is currently known as the Cricket World Cup took place on 8 November 1987. The match was played between Australia and England. Australia won their first Cricket World Cup title after beating England in front of a capacity crowd.
The national cricket team of India
The national cricket team of India played numerous matches at the Eden Gardens. In 1983, they won the tournament which is currently known as the Cricket World Cup for the first time in their history. It was the third edition of the tournament. India won the title in London in front of a crowd of 24,000. On 2 April 2011, India won the cricket tournament for the second time in their history after beating Sri Lanka. The final took place in the Indian city of Mumbai. The national cricket team of India won by six wickets.
The Bengal cricket team have been tenants of the Eden Gardens since 1908 and the Kolkata Knight Riders have been tenants of the venue since 2008. The Kolkata Knight Riders played in the inaugural Indian Super League, which took place in 2008. They finished sixth place after gathering 13 points in 14 games during that IPL season. The Knight Riders won six of those 14 matches. They won the Indian Premier League in 2012 for the first time in their history. The Knight Riders won the competition after beating the Chennai Super Kings in the city of Chennai. The Kolkata Knight Riders cricket club became the first cricket club with 10 million followers on its main social media page.