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Research Suggests Eccentric Eden Park Fans’ Favourite Cricket Venue

Eden Park – home of Auckland cricket since 1910 – is the people’s choice as the most popular cricketing venue, new research suggests.

Data compiled by cricket tipping experts, Cricket Bet India, combined three key metrics – Instagram tags, Facebook check-ins and average global monthly web search volume – to rank the leading cricketing stadiums around the world in order of perceived popularity as a score out of 100.

Cricket has always been a fantastic spectator sport; the perfect excuse to spend long periods of time outdoors, and in good company. Mission critical to this is the venue; it is fundamental to the supporter’s experience, and while appreciating that one man’s heaven could be another man’s hell, Cricket Bet India’s Fans’ Favourite has removed all subjectivity and ranked grounds based on cold, hard facts.

In this case, it was New Zealand’s largest sporting venue – Eden Park, its peculiar structure the backdrop for some of the game’s most thrilling matches, that clinched top-billing with 66.96 out of 100.

RankGroundCapacityOpenedCityPopularity Score
1Eden Park420001900Auckland66.95949958285
2Adelaide Oval535831871Adelaide50.926422563146
3Melbourne Cricket Ground1000241853Melbourne42.237573080841
4Old Trafford190001857Manchester36.968454509447
5Rose Bowl250001923Southampton31.915575676174
6Eden Gardens680001864Kolkata29.40411296486
7Docklands Stadium/Marvel Stadium480032000Melbourne22.299077293529
8The Gabba360001895Brisbane21.720603475272
9The Oval255001845London21.526167696131
10Lord's300001814London15.153030868195
11Sydney Cricket Ground480001851Sydney12.991262888245
12Perth Stadium600002017Perth7.4737686750338
13Wankhede Stadium331081975Mumbai6.9022830886159
14Dubai International Cricket Stadium250002009Dubai6.7829936444726
15Gaddafi Stadium270001959Lahore6.1699136516402
16National Stadium342281955Karachi5.7382305115447
17Edgbaston Cricket Ground248031882Birmingham5.4368574236348
18M. Chinnaswamy Stadium400002008Bengaluru5.0497386535761
19Manuka Oval120001929Canberra4.1896387877193
20Windsor Park120002007Roseau4.1312114461716
21HPCA Stadium230002003Dharamsala4.083559168441
22Narendra Modi Stadium1320002020 (renovation)Ahmedabad3.7962472890014
23Headingley183501890Leeds3.6197370304125
24Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium550002016Hyderabad3.5570661677831
25Green Park Stadium320002009Kanpur3.2910727014946
26Sawai Mansingh Stadium231852006Jaipur3.2640518676524
27WACA Ground245001893Perth3.101296376222
28Sky Stadium350012000Wellington3.025635247168
29Trent Bridge170001830Nottingham2.9086323915114
30Sydney Showground Stadium220001998Sydney2.3738925086337
30Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium150001992Rawalpindi2.3737901528428
30Sophia Gardens150001967Cardiff2.3712541470827
31Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium200002004Abu Dhabi2.3217459079995
31Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium500002008Lucknow2.3161654908621
32Queen's Park Oval250001896Port of Spain2.235075838239
33Queen's Park200001894Saint George's2.1459620635063
34Sabina Park200001895Kingston1.8513445350355
34Multan Cricket Stadium300002001Multan1.851253141945
35Centurion Park210001986Centurion1.8140367483197
35Wanderers Stadium280001956Johannesburg1.8138249753165
36Holkar Cricket Stadium300001990Indore1.6773504988989
37Carrara Stadium250001987Gold Coast1.6407959977886
38Pallekele International Cricket Stadium350002009Pallekale1.6002522690014
39Kensington Oval280001882Bridgetown1.5921070235229
40Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium220002004Chittagong1.5382786223872
41Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium280002008Rajkot1.3899376663853
42North Sydney Oval200002010Sydney1.3469237394008
43Newlands Cricket Ground250001890Cape Town1.2834458065462
44Hagley Oval180001851Christchurch1.2665991920052
45Buffalo Park150001992East-London0.96934086078219
46Kardinia Park (stadium)360001941Geelong0.95474529011047
46Barabati Stadium450001958Cuttack0.9529785934245
47McLean Park197001911Napier0.88908218041002
47Iqbal Stadium180001978Faisalabad0.88748851821867
48Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium150001980Sharjah0.87688384964116
49Jinnah Stadium200001970Gujranwala0.86793925258432
49Jinnah Stadium180001920Sialkot0.052902401488042
49Brabourne Stadium200002010Mumbai0.86692106490766
50Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium254162006Dhaka0.79356858692944
51Bellerive Oval175001914Bellerive0.77961064578784
52Greenfield Stadium250002015Trelawny Parish0.75188233969597
53York Park210001921Launceston0.74433047905619
54Central Broward Regional Park200002008Lauderhill0.67740997918334
55K. D. Singh Babu Stadium220001957Lucknow0.66382089365856
56Arun Jaitley Stadium418201883New Delhi0.65385439849672
57Brian Lara Stadium150002017Gasparillo0.62553249191809
58Saifai International Cricket Stadium430002018Saifai0.62453390489547
58Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium374062012Pune0.61975639759452
59Arbab Niaz Stadium200001984Peshawar0.48210107459679
60R. Premadasa Stadium350021986Colombo0.47269945026017
61Riverside Ground170001995Chester-le-Street0.45753578306504
61Boland Park100001996Paarl0.45751149881348
62Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium275002003Visakhapatnam0.43790032701467
63County Cricket Ground150001889Bristol0.43361589559229
63Roop Singh Stadium180001986Gwalior0.42815267193889
63St Lawrence Ground150001847Canterbury0.42597859156081
64Providence Stadium150002006Providence0.41712229753649
65Barkatullah Khan Stadium400001986Jodhpur0.3964185947672
66County Ground125001882Taunton0.39323767031867
66Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium150002004Khulna0.38778525102032
67Cazaly Stadium135001957Cairns0.37219478901099
68Harare Sports Club100001900Harare0.35679887396051
69M. A. Chidambaram Stadium500001916Chennai0.32662003008308
70Traeger Park72001991Alice Springs0.30783838873087
71Senwes Park180002002Potchefstroom0.27668780485888
72Kingsmead Cricket Ground250001958Durban0.2734827263878
72Sylhet International Cricket Stadium185002007Sylhet0.26849320902242
72Chandigarh Cricket Stadium300001966Chandigarh0.2678969709504
73Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground200001998Kirtipur0.26298673450193
73Bourda250001884Georgetown0.2609050415282
73Queenstown Events Centre190001997Queenstown0.2575548990181
74Niaz Stadium150001959Hyderabad0.24513249026341
75Greenfield International Stadium550002015Thiruvananthapuram0.23938156650651
76Queens Sports Club90001887Bulawayo0.22800252044302
77Sir Vivian Richards Stadium100002007Antigua0.20180209793952
78Shaheed Chandu Stadium150002002Bogra0.18559160199183
79PCA-IS Bindra Stadium280001993Mohali0.17813897860966
80JSCA International Cricket Stadium500002011Ranchi0.15456065316952
80Marrara Oval125001991Darwin0.14692903580473
81Mangaung Oval200001989Bloemfontein0.14458731845971
82Darren Sammy Cricket Ground137002002Gros Islet0.11996006494375
82Owen Delany Park150001983Taupo0.1184566311266
83Willowmoore Park200001924Benoni0.11436601369447
84Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Cricket Stadium400002013Guwahati0.091402846205792
84Riverway Stadium100002007Townsville0.091321353292012
84Arnos Vale Stadium180001981Kingstown0.091068541433278
85Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground150001935Rajkot0.079929261119127
85Quaid-e-Azam Stadium160002014Mirpur0.078872327622776
86Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium650002008Naya Raipur0.073591178997663
86The Grange Club50001832Edinburgh0.065828162023951
87Maple Leaf Cricket Club70001954King City0.058943293558756
88Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium450002008Nagpur0.052679008143899
88North Marine Road Ground115001863Scarborough0.050905706885503
89St George's Park Cricket Ground190001882Port Elizabeth0.044052075358407
89P. Sara Oval150001983Colombo0.040047315389694
89Dehradun International Cricket Stadium250002016Dehradun0.036642616711192
90Malahide Cricket Club Ground115001861Dublin0.034852762154415
90De Beers Diamond Oval110001973Kimberley0.032413172568572
91Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium250002016Fatullah0.022826230990421
91Gymkhana Club Ground70001999Nairobi0.02008876074471
92Stormont (cricket ground)60001949Belfast0.012265345968263
93Gwalior International Cricket Stadium500002022Gwalior0.00062240147384669
93Guanggong International Cricket Stadium120002010Guangzhou0

The spotlight shone brightest on one of the sports oldest grounds when it staged an ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final, Grant Elliot hitting a match-winning six for New Zealand against South Africa in 2015. In keeping with its seemingly much-loved quirks, the particular seat it clattered into is now painted green, marking the host nation’s reaching of the tournament’s final for the first time.

Unique in the way it facilitates three sports; cricket, rugby and football, it has hosted Test cricket since 1929-30 – 150 fixtures across all three International formats of the 16th century bat-and-ball game.

In recent years its viability as an international venue had been questioned, largely due to its pocket-sized, 45-metre, straight boundaries, but its ability to conjure a nail-biter, and the fact it is the only ICC-sanctioned venue in New Zealand’s most populous city (Auckland’s population is 1.657 million), means it remains a big hit with cricket-mad locals and the sport’s enthusiasts.

In total, New Zealand accounts for six of the top 93 grounds around the world, the Kiwi nation coming out on top with an average overall popularity score of 12.09. 

England claim second spot with double the number of sporting stadia, recording a score of 9.94, just pipping Australia (18 locations) by 0.29. India’s 31 cricketing venues register an eye-brow-raising score of 2.31 points, 0.45 ahead of South Asian neighbours Pakistan.

Cricket is so beloved Down Under, in Australia, that it is a national sport. The nation’s top representative in our rankings is the South Australian icon – the Adelaide Oval – a stunning venue with a score of 50.93 out of 100, with over 100,000 Instagram tags and just short of a million Facebook check-ins.

Easily accessible and located in parkland between the city centre and North Adelaide, the venue is quite literally steeped in cricketing history. The iconic stadium, one of the most picturesque grounds in the world, hosts AFL, cricket, concerts, functions and more. Lined by Moreton Bay fig trees, it’s tasteful 2014 makeover, coupled with the retention of its heritage wooden scoreboard from 1911, and the countless memorable moments accrued along the way – Sir Donald Bradman’s 299 not out against South Africa in 1931 – helps it tick plenty of boxes.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is hot on its heels, with a score of 42.24. The venue of the first ever Test match, played between March 15-19 in 1877. Up until recently this iconic venue was the biggest cricket ground in the world with a 100,024 capacity. It’s renowned for its hosting of Boxing Day Test matches, the biggest of those an Ashes encounter, with few fixtures evoking as much passion as an England vs Australia encounter.

Motera Stadium, recently renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium – after India’s Prime Minister decided to name the rebuilt, 110,000 capacity stadium after him just hours before last month’s third Test between India and England – lands at number 22, yet to build a reputation befitting its physical stature.

There are four Australian venues in the top 10 of Cricket Bet India’s Fans’ Favourite, the A$460 million Docklands Stadium, built in 2000, one of only three in that bracket constructed in the 20th century; the others being the aforementioned Eden Park in 1900 and The Rose Bowl, Southampton, 1923.

Old Trafford, Manchester, claims fourth spot, with the London duo of the Kia Oval (nine) and Lord’s (10) sneaking into the top 10, the latter known at the Home of Cricket, edging out the likes of Sydney Cricket Ground, Perth Stadium and Wankhede Stadium by a margin of 2.16 points.

Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is India’s most popular cricket venue, the 42 Test, 68,000 stadium, finishing up ahead of 13th placed Wankhede, built in 1975, and Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, which has busily staged 23 Tests, 26 ODIs and 7 T20s since opening in 2008.

Eden Gardens, known as the Mecca of Indian cricket, is famed for its deafening cheers and, along with the MCG, is supposedly cricket’s answer to the Coliseum. Despite its famous reputation, and the fact it hosted its first Test way back in 1934, it only qualifies for sixth in our popularity rankings. 

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