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Olympic Stadium set to host WC’19 matches

It will host two matches in the tournament.

By Aditya Pratap Arya -


England and Wales Cricket Board can create history as they are planning to give few matches of World Cup 2019 to London Stadium, which was made for the summer Olympics in 2012. This stadium is special because of its capacity of 60,000 people. It is among the 12 venues which will host the matches of the upcoming World Cup. Most likely, Stadium will get two matches to host during 2019’s summer.

Its capacity of 60,000 is most for any cricket ground in Great Britain after iconic Lord’s in London, which holds 30,000 available seats for viewers. The managing director of 2019 World Cup, Steve Elworthy visited New Zealand to analyze the best technology for drop-in pitches.

Meanwhile, ECB CEO Tom Harrison feels it is an amazing thought of play cricket in front of 60 thousand people in England.

“It would be an amazing statement to have 60,000 people in a ground in the UK watching World Cup cricket. The London Stadium has the right dimensions. There are not a lot of other stadiums that have the capacity to fit minimum boundaries in,” Harrison said.

The Olympic Stadium hosted the opening ceremony of London Olympics 2012, but it is highly unlikely that it will also host the opening ceremony of World Cup 2019. However, hosts will be very careful about another opening ceremony horror. During 1999 World Cup ceremony, smoke interrupted the view of the crowd and it is regarded as one of the worst opening ceremonies of in any cricketing event.

The two matches this ground will host are most likely to be an England clash and an arch-rival match between India and Pakistan depending on the main draw.

Aditya Pratap Arya

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