Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
() is the principal cricket stadium in Hyderabad
and is the home ground of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA). It is located in Uppal
, an eastern suburb of the city. It has a capacity of 55,000 spectators presently and extends across of land. The ends are named Pavilion End and North End. The jinx about this stadium is that the home team has never won a match here, but this was broken when Deccan Chargers defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 14, 2011. <br />
HCA's previous home ground was the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
in the Fateh Maidan sports complex at Basheerbagh
in central Hyderabad. The ground belonged to the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) and HCA had limited operating autonomy over this ground. Moreover, due to its smaller size, it soon came to be known as a high-scoring ground and so Hyderabad
was not considered for many high profile cricket matches in India.
In 2003, the proposal for a new stadium was submitted by HCA to the government of Andhra Pradesh
, then headed by N. Chandrababu Naidu
. The proposal was quickly cleared and HCA was allocated a budget for the same. The government also identified a large piece of land suitable for the project at Uppal.
Most of the funding for the project came after an open auction of the stadium's title was held. Visaka Industries Limited
won the auction with a bid price of Rs. 65,00,00,000. A sum of Rs. 43,00,00,000 was paid in advance... Read More