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Cricket at the heart of Texan sports village project

Plans have been revealed to develop a 15,000-seat cricket stadium as part of a wider mixed-use development in the US city of Allen, Texas.

Texas-based Thakkar Developers, in collaboration with the CricRealty Company, unveiled the Allen Sports Village plans yesterday (Tuesday). Along with the cricket stadium, the Village will feature more than 500,000 square feet of office space, 1,000 residential units, 165,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, a training centre, an events centre, and two hotels.

The City of Allen, which is a suburb of Dallas, is working with the developers to finalise an economic incentives agreement to support the project. Yesterday’s announcement came after Poorvesh Thakkar of Thakkar Developers last week told the Dallas Morning News that he’s positive the reported $500m (£395.2m/€438.5m) project will be built, adding that the development team already owns the around 80 acres of land needed.

“Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world,” Sam Thakkar, CEO of the Perfect Group of Business, which includes Thakkar Developers, said in a statement yesterday. “There are an estimated 20 million cricket fans in the United States. Plus, the growing Indian American population and increasing international community in North Texas makes the Allen Sports Village a perfect location for professional cricket.”

In addition to professional cricket, the multi-use stadium will also be suitable for other sports, as well as concerts and special events. Construction on the site is expected to begin in 2019, with the first phase, including the stadium, expected to be completed in 2021.

“We’re thrilled to enter into this private-public partnership with the developers to bring this unique project to Allen,” said Allen Mayor Stephen Terrell. “With a new international visitor base, we look forward to a big boost in tourism spending – which benefits businesses and residents alike.”