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ICC Unveils Massive 34,000-Seat New York Stadium For IND-PAK T20 World Cup 2024 Clash

image-lris0c0kNew York Stadium will host 8 T20 WC 2024 matches (Twitter)

In a staggering move to penetrate the highly competitive U.S. sports market, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed a new, state-of-the-art 34,000-seat modular stadium in New York. This innovative venue, named the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, is set to host eight matches of the T20 World Cup 2024, including the highly anticipated India vs. Pakistan match on June 9.

New York Stadium ready to host T20 World Cup 2024 matches

The ICC, recognizing the potential of the U.S. as a major sports market, has pointed out sustainability as a key aspect of this advanced facility. According to the ICC's head of events, Chris Tetley, the stadium will incorporate grandstands repurposed from the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Las Vegas, along with innovative drop-in pitches. 

This move shows the ICC's commitment to making a significant impact in the U.S., which is already the organization's third-largest broadcast market and home to an estimated 30 million cricket enthusiasts.

Tetley highlighted the scale of the project, noting that it's essential for making a substantial impact in the U.S. sports landscape. The Nassau County International Cricket Stadium is expected to surpass the size of any cricket venue in England and even Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, which hosted the ICC World Cup 2011 final.

"I think we need to do something on this scale to make an impact in a country like the US, with the sports market it's got. It's a clearly defined target market for ICC. As we all know, it's the largest sports market in the world. It's already our third biggest broadcast market, and we've identified at least 30 million cricket fans in the US,” said Tetley.

As co-hosts of the tournament along with the West Indies, the U.S. is gearing up to offer a memorable experience to American cricket fans. The ICC has planned for the venue's legacy beyond the World Cup, ensuring that the world-class facility remains a valuable asset for the local community. 

Tetley addressed potential cost concerns by stating that the project's viability is assured due to the extensive use of rented infrastructure, ensuring it's a financially sustainable endeavour for the ICC.

“While much of the venue, including the pitches, would be taken away once the World Cup was over, the "world-class facility" would remain for the local community to use. Safe to say that it more than pays for itself, and so it's a viable project for us to be run without it costing ICC anything,” added Tetley.

This groundbreaking development marks a huge step in the ICC's strategy to expand cricket's global footprint, particularly in the lucrative U.S. sports market.