Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

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Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium famously known as Ekana Cricket Stadium is an international cricket stadium situated in the city of sports Lucknow, India. 

Ekana Cricket Ground is the home ground of the Uttar Pradesh cricket team. It is also the home venue of IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants.

 Ekana Sportz City is the owner and operator of Ekana Stadium Lucknow. The stadium was inaugurated in the year of 2017. This well-known stadium can host 50,000 spectators at a time. It is the most advanced stadium with next-level facilities for players, spectators, VIPs, and the media.

Historical Background

Ekana is a Sanskrit word and the meaning of this word is “unity.”

 On November 06, 2018, this stadium was renamed from Ekana Cricket Stadium to Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in honor and the name of the former Prime Minister of India. 

It is a public-private partnership stadium. To build this stadium, Ekana Sportz City was provided with 71 acres on a lease of 35 years. The project cost of this ground is 3.9 Billion rupees.

The 1st T2OI was held in this stadium on November 06, 2018. In this match, Rohit Sharma scored four centuries in T2OI and was the 1st batsman with this record. 

Afghanistan National Team became the 3rd home team to this ground in May 2019. This venue hosted the 1st ODI on November 06, 2019, and the 1st Test match on November 27, 2019. 

Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow-full view

Primary Information

Let’s have a look at quick info about ground information, field size, seating capacity, and many more that you want to know about this stadium.

Info Detail
Complete Name Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium
LocationEkana Sportz City, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Operated ByEkana Sportz City
Seating Capacity50,000
Surface TypeGrassy
FloodlightsYes
End NamesNorth End & South End
Boundary Length69.58 meters 
Coordinates26°48′40″N 81°01′01″E
Home Teams
Indian National TeamUttar Pradesh Cricket TeamLucknow Super Giants
Time ZoneUTC/GMT +5:30
Elevation104 owned
Owned ByEkana Sportz City
Field Size160 x 156
ShapeRound
Inaugurated 2017
ArchitectSkyline Architectural Consultants Private Ltd.
Project Cost3.9 Billion rupees 
Official Web Addresshttp://www.ekana.com/cricke t-stadium
Contact Number:0522-4232555, 2981222, 2981234
email address[email protected]
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Other Names

BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium
Lucknow Cricket Stadium
Lucknow Cricket Ground
Lucknow Cricket Stadium

Location 

The location of the iconic venue is Ekana Sportz City, Sec 07, Amar Shaheed Path, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. 

Architectural Information

The Ekana Cricket Ground is a state-of-the-art stadium in India. The stadium was designed by Skyline Architectural Consultants Pvt. Ltd. The grandeur and design of the stadium have a huge impact on the face of the city.

The actual building of the stadium carries elements of Mughal architecture. The geometry and color of roofs reflect the Mughal Emperor’s essence. The Western Outdoor; a Mumbai-based company led by Daler Singh was the manufacturer of its roofs. 

The bowl-like design of Lucknow Cricket Stadium brings the spectators closer than ever to the action. For hosting international cricket matches, the design of the stadium follows the guidelines and specifications laid out by ICC and BCCI.

Description

Below is the in depth architectural description of BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium in the table.

FeatureDescription
Building honorEkana Sportz City
ArchitectsSkyline Architectural Consultants
ContractorsWestern Outdoor Structures Pvt Ltd
SuppliersLow & Bonar GmbH
EditorEvi Corne
Degree of enclosureOpen Structure 
Climatic zoneTropical – hot and wet all year
Number of layersMono layer
Function of the tensile structureProtection from Rain & Sun 

Seating Capacity

Being the 3rd largest cricket stadium in India, Ekana cricket stadium has a capacity of 50,000 for cricket fans.

Flood Lights

This stadium has world-class floodlights for the night matches which is another glorious addition to the sports legacy. During night matches, a stunning atmosphere is created by these floodlights.

Ekana cricket stadium-floodlights

Pitch Type

It is difficult to bat on the pitch of Ekana Stadium as the pitch is dry. The average score on this pitch is about 140 runs. This pitch is rarely suitable for batsmen to bat. This pitch favors spinners and fast bowlers. 

Boundary Length

The BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium has the longest boundary size of all other Indian stadiums. Its straight boundary length is 69.58 meters while its square boundary length is about 64 meters. It is round. The field size of this cricket stadium is 160 x 156. 

Stands

There are four stands in Ekana sports stadium named North, South, East, and West. The best lounges to view games are North and South. But, these stands are expensive. People with a low budget can also choose the West or East block to watch matches.

Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium

Notable Events

Not to forget, this stadium has the honor to host two notable events which are organized by the government. The complete detail of these events is given below.

Oath Taking Ceremony

This stadium hosted the oath-taking ceremony of Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath on March 25, 2022. Governor Anandiben Patel gave the oath to the Chief Minister. 

Award Giving Ceremony

To honor the athletes who won the medals at the 2020 Summer Olympics, an award-giving ceremony was held at the this stadium by the government on 19 August 2021. In this ceremony, the highest prize was given to Neeraj Chopra. He is the only Indian to win a gold medal in the Javelin throw.

International Cricket Information

Some history of international cricket matches that were held at Ekana ground for the very first and the last time is given following

FormatDateMatch
TestNovember 27–29, 2019Afghanistan vs. West Indies
First T20November 06, 2018India vs. West Indies
Last T20November 17, 2019Afghanistan vs. West Indies
First ODINovember 06, 2019Afghanistan vs. West Indie
Last ODINovember 11, 2019Afghanistan vs. West Indies
First Women ODIMarch 07, 2021India vs. South Africa
Last Women ODIMarch 17, 2021India vs. South Africa
First Women T20March 20, 2021India vs. South Africa
Last Women T20March 23, 2021India vs. South Africa

Upcoming matches of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at BRSABV Cricket Stadium

Here’s the schedule of upcoming matches of ICC world cup 2023 at this stadium.

DateDayMatch Details 
October 13, 2023Friday Australia vs. South Africa
October 16, 2023Monday Sri Lanka vs. Australia
October 21, 2023Saturday Sri Lanka vs. Netherlands
October 29, 2023Sunday England vs. India
November 03, 2023Friday Netherlands vs. Afghanistan

Three cricket format statistics:

Do you want to know about the statistics of matches that are held in Lucknow Cricket Stadium? Do not worry; I am here to provide you with all the stats of Test, T20I, and ODI matches.

ODI Stats

MatchStats
Total Matches09
Matches Settle Batting First02
Matches Settle Bowling First07
Average 1st Innings Scores219
Average 2nd Innings Scores212
Highest Score Recorded 269/03 In 48.4 Over
Lowest Score Recorded157/10 In 41 Over
Tie0

Test Stats

MatchStats
Total Matches01
Matches Settle Bowling First 01
Average 1st Innings Scores187
Average 2nd Innings Scores277
Average 3rd Innings Scores120
Average 4th Innings Scores33
Highest Score Recorded277/10 In 83.3 Over
Lowest Score Recorded120/10 In 43.1 Over
Highest Score Chased269/03 In 48.4 Over
Lowest Score Defended248/05 In 50 Over
Tie0

T20I Stats

MatchStats
Total Matches09
Matches Settle Batting First05
Matches Settle Bowling First 04
Average 1st Innings Scores151
Average 2nd Innings Scores126
Highest Score Recorded199/02 In 20 Over
Highest Score Chased1590/04 In 20 Over
Lowest Score Defended156/08 In 20 Over
Tie0

Three Cricket Format Records

Now, in this section of the article you will get all the records that were held at Ekana stadium in different matches. Read it out to boost your knowledge about cricket match records.

RecordsODI RecordsTest RecordsT20I Records
Highest Total Score253/05 by West Indies against Afghanistan277 by West Indies against Afghanistan195/02 by India against West Indies
Lowest Total Score194 by Afghanistan against West Indies120 by Afghanistan against West Indies106 by West Indies against Afghanistan
Highest Partnership163 by Shai Hope and Roston Chase 82 by JD Campbell and SSJ Brooks 123 by Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan 
Highest Individual229 runs by Shai Hope 111 runs by SSJ Brooks 182 by Prabhsimran Singh 
Most Wickets6 wickets by Roston Chase 10 wickets by RRS Cornwall 8 wickets by Kesrick Williams 

Facts

  • The BRSABV Cricket Stadium is the 3rd largest cricket stadium in India which is well equipped with inter and intra functional facilities. It is the 6th largest stadium in the world.
  • Considering the stadium’s characteristics, the team that wins the toss opts to bat first.
  • Moreover, this stadium has a larger boundary size than all the other stadiums located in India. 
  • Ekana stadium was the 52nd stadium in India to host an International cricket match in 2018. 
  • The Ekana ground has two screens of 1800 square feet each.
  • It has 40 VIP boxes, floodlights, media centers, and parking for 2500 vehicles.
  • The Lucknow Cricket Stadium is well equipped with all the modern facilities like ice baths, gym, dressing rooms and practice grounds.
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium-top view

What is the seating capacity of Ekana sports city stadium?

It has the capacity of 50,000 spectators.

Which stand is best in Ekana stadium?

North and south stands are best to view matches but their tickets are expensive.

Who is the owner of Ekana cricket stadium India?

Ekana sportz city is the owner of this stadium.

How much did Ekana stadium cost?

The cost of this stadium is 3.9 billion rupee.

What is the new name of Ekana stadium?

The new name of this stadium is Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium.

Does Ekana stadium have floodlights?

Yes, it does have floodlights.

What is the boundary length of Ekana cricket stadium?

Its boundary length is 69.58 meters.

Name the home teams of Ekana cricket stadium.

The home teams of this stadium are Indian National Team, Uttar Pradesh Cricket Team and Lucknow Super Giants

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