The most iconic sports venues to visit in India nowdays (Part 1)

India has many sports venues. From the tallest international cricket stadium set at 4,110 feet to the World Cup-winning Wankhede Stadium, Culture Trip has captured the attention of some of the most iconic sports venues in India.

Besides the best destinations for adventure sports, India has many iconic sports venues to visit as follows.

Cricket Eden Gardens Stadium, Kolkata

Without a doubt, the most iconic sports venue in India is the Eden Gardens, which is also the world’s second largest and largest cricket stadium in India. Widely known as India’s ‘home of cricket’, the stadium can accommodate around 66,349 people.

It was founded in 1864 and is surrounded by lush greenery and has a structure resembling the Colosseum. This is the home ground for the Bengal cricket team as well as the IPL Franchise – Kolkata Knight Riders football team.

It is also one of the venues where the Indian cricket team competes when it hosts test matches, Twenty20 and ODI (an international day). This stadium has seen many legendary matches, for example, Sachin Tendulkar (God of Cricket) the 199th (penultimate) test match was held at this stadium. It is worth a visit here when a match is on, only to hear the crowd roar.

HPCA Stadium (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association), Dharamshala

It is one of the most beautiful sports venues in India, nestled at 1,457 meters (4780 feet) above sea level with an enchanting view of snow-capped peaks.

This is the home ground of Kings XI Punjab and cricket team Himachal Pradesh, and has hosted ODI matches, Ranji Trophy matches and some domestic matches. This is the first stadium in India to have winter rice grass around the courtyard.

Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

Opened in 1984, Salt Lake Stadium (also known as Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan) is a multi-purpose stadium, known around the world. It can hold an astonishing 85,000 spectators.  International players, like Lionel Messi come on the pitch and Oliver Kahn’s official farewell game for Bayern Munich with Mohun Bagan is played here.