Mumbai, April 30: In a development that could be a game-changer for the game of cricket in the United States, a world-class cricket stadium is to be built in the city of Los Angeles.
Major League Cricket (MLC), in association with the Knight Riders Group and the City of Irvine, announced Saturday the approval of an exclusive negotiating agreement (ENA) to move forward with lease negotiations and design approvals to build an world class cricket on a 15 acre plot in Great Park.
The Facility would house the MLC and serve as a potential venue for major international events, including the LA28 Olympics.
The development would see a multi-million dollar investment and internationally renowned architects HKS will design an iconic home for the sport in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
The Knight Riders Group (KRG), is a founding investor in MLC and is working closely with MLC on various aspects related to the launch of the league.
KRG, owners of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), bring significant experience from one of the most successful brands in world T20 cricket to MLC.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said: “Our investment in MLC in the US is based on our belief in the exciting future of cricket in the US and is well aligned with our strategy of establishing Knight Riders as a global brand in T20 cricket. Plans to build a world-class cricket stadium in the greater Los Angeles area is exciting for us and MLC. This will undoubtedly have a transformational impact on one of the most iconic metropolitan areas in the world.” . “MLC is committed to building exceptional infrastructure for cricket in key markets accessible to legions of cricket-loving fans. We are grateful to the City of Irvine for agreeing to explore this development in the heart of Orange County,” said Sameer Mehta and Vijay Srinivasan, Co-Founders, Major League Cricket.
“Great Park’s position as a hub for community recreation and its range of world-class sporting facilities makes it an ideal location for the potential addition of a venue serving the local cricket-loving community and wider region. of Greater Los Angeles with major international cricket events taking place there.” The stadium plans include state-of-the-art training facilities, changing rooms, luxury suites, dedicated parking, concessions, pitch lighting and a world-class pitch to meet International Cricket Council (ICC) accreditation and allow the venue to home to the highest level of international cricket competition.
USA Cricket is expected to bid for future men’s and women’s World Cup tournaments, with the 2024 T20 Men’s World Cup already scheduled to be co-hosted by the United States and the West Indies.
The ICC is bidding for cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 Olympics to be held in Los Angeles; If successful, the stadium at Great Park is expected to be a central venue for the event in Southern California, a KKR statement said.