A significant milestone in the reconstruction of Chidambaram Stadium, home of Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings, has been reached with the complete rebuild on target for completion ahead of next year’s Cricket World Cup.
Lower and upper terraces for 10,000 spectators together with hospitality box accommodation all under a PTFE tensile membrane roof, formed a stunning backdrop to the inaugural matches of the IPL season in March. The stadium has been designed by Britain’s Hopkins Architects.
Commentators and players including Indian greats Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavasker praised the design, especially its ability to bring a cooling breeze across the ground. The re-construction of the entire 43,000 seat Chidambaram Stadium will be complete by mid-2011.
Further north in Maharashtra, Hopkins is also on site with the first phase of construction for the new MCA Pune International Cricket Centre, named as one of the world’s top 10 cricket stadiums by NCE last summer. Situated on a steeply sloping site adjacent to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on the outskirts of Pune 170km southeast of Mumbai, this first phase comprises a bowl-like lower terrace for 38,000 spectators focussed around an international standard playing area with 15 pitches, and accessed by means of a generous perimeter pedestrian concourse to the rear. Above this, at the southern end, a Main Pavilion with 26 hospitality boxes and an upper terrace for a further 7,000 spectators will be created, covered by a PVDF tensile membrane roof.
Further phases will see the completion of the four separate stands at Pune, adding more hospitality accommodation and covered seating, bringing the total capacity up to 55,000. Completion is scheduled for February 2011. It is also designed by Hopkins.
Its cricket heritage includes the award-winning Mound Stand at Lords and Hampshire’s Rose Bowl, which will host a test match in 2011 - both stadiums that also made NCE’s top 10 list.