USA February 29, 2008

Florida's $70 million stadium

The Tuscaloosa News in Florida reports on the new cricket stadium in Broward County.

The Tuscaloosa News in Florida reports on the new cricket stadium in Broward County.

The 5,000 blue stadium seats are in place. So are the special cameras embedded in the equipment to get close ups of the action. Then there is the exquisite field - emerald and manicured. But this $70 million park wasn't built for baseball or football - it's the first in the U.S. built primarily for cricket.

The sport, which enjoys worldwide popularity but has long struggled to gain an American following, has taken root in South Florida because of its large Caribbean population. Fans and officials say the stadium offers their community a chance to draw professional players, cultivate youth programs and attract new fans to the game.

"There's a tremendous awaking," said Chandradath Singh, a Broward County parks special projects coordinator. "And a major interest."

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • mike small on May 26, 2008, 16:32 GMT

    Comments to Mayank, be thankful, do you ever play in international matches? most people in the cricket community don`t, can you even get a ticket to go see a international game, see, first you need to buy a airline ticket if you live in the USA and then pay hotels, and try to buy tickets after, hope you don`t need a visa, lol you sound like a waste of time, just be happy we can play cricket in south Florida.

  • Yasir Iqbal on March 14, 2008, 16:44 GMT

    I am very glad to see a cricket stadium in USA. Know people like us who play cricket should promote it. ICC should allow some games to be played in Florida.

  • Mayank on March 7, 2008, 22:03 GMT

    it's not going to stage matches so it's sounding like a waste if there will be no international matches.

  • sharun on March 7, 2008, 8:29 GMT

    good to hear the articles that is saying a very good news. i want usa to have the sports like cricket because now a days it is being very popular . u s should built a stadium like melbourne which has 100000 seats to be seated there.

  • ricky on March 5, 2008, 15:33 GMT

    Good to see that a ground has been build but a capacity of 5000? Just 5000? Anyways,US has a long way to go.Govt. needs to put more attention towards this sport because it is getting very popular now!

  • Marcus on March 1, 2008, 9:02 GMT

    The article says that teams from West Indies, Pakistan, India, and USA will compete in the tournament. I'd have thought that as the site of America's first dedicated cricket field, Lauderhill would be targeted for coverage of the Stanford T20, along with Fort Collins. I wonder if this event will make local television? I hope so, at any rate, and that they have access to the Stanford coverage next year.

  • Joshua Webb on March 1, 2008, 3:27 GMT

    That is fantastic!

  • mike small on May 26, 2008, 16:32 GMT

    Comments to Mayank, be thankful, do you ever play in international matches? most people in the cricket community don`t, can you even get a ticket to go see a international game, see, first you need to buy a airline ticket if you live in the USA and then pay hotels, and try to buy tickets after, hope you don`t need a visa, lol you sound like a waste of time, just be happy we can play cricket in south Florida.

  • Yasir Iqbal on March 14, 2008, 16:44 GMT

    I am very glad to see a cricket stadium in USA. Know people like us who play cricket should promote it. ICC should allow some games to be played in Florida.

  • Mayank on March 7, 2008, 22:03 GMT

    it's not going to stage matches so it's sounding like a waste if there will be no international matches.

  • sharun on March 7, 2008, 8:29 GMT

    good to hear the articles that is saying a very good news. i want usa to have the sports like cricket because now a days it is being very popular . u s should built a stadium like melbourne which has 100000 seats to be seated there.

  • ricky on March 5, 2008, 15:33 GMT

    Good to see that a ground has been build but a capacity of 5000? Just 5000? Anyways,US has a long way to go.Govt. needs to put more attention towards this sport because it is getting very popular now!

  • Marcus on March 1, 2008, 9:02 GMT

    The article says that teams from West Indies, Pakistan, India, and USA will compete in the tournament. I'd have thought that as the site of America's first dedicated cricket field, Lauderhill would be targeted for coverage of the Stanford T20, along with Fort Collins. I wonder if this event will make local television? I hope so, at any rate, and that they have access to the Stanford coverage next year.

  • Joshua Webb on March 1, 2008, 3:27 GMT

    That is fantastic!

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  • Joshua Webb on March 1, 2008, 3:27 GMT

    That is fantastic!

  • Marcus on March 1, 2008, 9:02 GMT

    The article says that teams from West Indies, Pakistan, India, and USA will compete in the tournament. I'd have thought that as the site of America's first dedicated cricket field, Lauderhill would be targeted for coverage of the Stanford T20, along with Fort Collins. I wonder if this event will make local television? I hope so, at any rate, and that they have access to the Stanford coverage next year.

  • ricky on March 5, 2008, 15:33 GMT

    Good to see that a ground has been build but a capacity of 5000? Just 5000? Anyways,US has a long way to go.Govt. needs to put more attention towards this sport because it is getting very popular now!

  • sharun on March 7, 2008, 8:29 GMT

    good to hear the articles that is saying a very good news. i want usa to have the sports like cricket because now a days it is being very popular . u s should built a stadium like melbourne which has 100000 seats to be seated there.

  • Mayank on March 7, 2008, 22:03 GMT

    it's not going to stage matches so it's sounding like a waste if there will be no international matches.

  • Yasir Iqbal on March 14, 2008, 16:44 GMT

    I am very glad to see a cricket stadium in USA. Know people like us who play cricket should promote it. ICC should allow some games to be played in Florida.

  • mike small on May 26, 2008, 16:32 GMT

    Comments to Mayank, be thankful, do you ever play in international matches? most people in the cricket community don`t, can you even get a ticket to go see a international game, see, first you need to buy a airline ticket if you live in the USA and then pay hotels, and try to buy tickets after, hope you don`t need a visa, lol you sound like a waste of time, just be happy we can play cricket in south Florida.