A Closer Look at the 2019 IPL Final Stadium: M. A. Chidambaram

by | Mar 7, 2019 | Mitch MacCullom, News

At the end of March, the World’s biggest T20 club tournament gets underway with the Indian Premier League.

Eight franchises will do battle over a total of sixty intense cricket matches but only one can be crowned 2019 IPL champion.

As it stands, the IPL odds have the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Chennai Super Kings in the running to claim victory with the latter boasting the added incentive of knowing if they successfully defend their 2018 title, they will do so from the comfort of their home ground.

Although the stadiums for later on in the tournament are yet to be confirmed, the final is set to take place at Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.

Located in Chepauk (a locality of Chennai) along the Bay of Bengal, it is safe to say those overseas players will be delighted with the selection of final venue.

A capacity of 50,000 will ensure the intense atmosphere we have come to expect from the Indian crowd will be in full effect making for a spectator’s delight.

The History

The Stadium was formerly known as the Madras Cricket Club Ground but is now known as the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium after former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India Muttaiya Annamalai.

First established in 1916, the Stadium is the third oldest cricket stadium in India behind the iconic (and oldest) Eden Gardens in Kolkata and the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi with the Tamil Nadu and Chennai Super Kings cricket teams now calling the stadium home.

However, it wouldn’t be until 1934 until the ground would witness its first International test match with England the first test playing nation to visit the Stadium but would not beat the English in test cricket until 1952.

Ironically that win came at the Chepauk Stadium with India thrashing a second-string England side by an innings and eight runs.

Fast forward to 2000’s and the stadium underwent a major reconstruction project in 2009. $24 million US Dollars was spent with three brand new concrete stands boasting an additional 12,000 capacity with the added bonus of 24 hospitality boxes vital for raising income.

The IPL era

2019 will be the third time the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium will have hosted the Indian Premier League final.

The first of those occurred in 2011 and it was a glorious occasion for the home side as the Chennai Super Kings overcame the Royal Challengers Bangalore by a comprehensive 58 runs.

The second time was just 12 months later, and the scenes were reversed as this time Chennai were the losing finalists by five wickets to the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Expectations are once again high that the home side can go all the way again just like they did 12 months ago with the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium proving a happy stomping ground for the Super Kings.

It is also the Super Kings who kick the tournament off on the 23rd March against the Royal Challengers Bangalore with the eyes of the cricketing world set to be firmly on India for the next two months.

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