Chennai’s historic M.A. Chidambaram Stadium is set to undergo renovation work this year.

The 50,000-seat stadium, which serves as the home of the Madras Cricket Club (MCC), will be fitted with a new clubhouse. The venue’s recognisable red heritage buildings will be maintained while the upgrades are carried out.

The MCC was established in 1846 and celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2021. MAC Stadium opened in 1916 and also hosts matches played by the Tamil Nadu cricket team and the Chennai Super Kings, which play in the Indian Premier League.

The wider stadium site is also used to host other sports, including tennis, badminton, squash and swimming.

Speaking to Indian newspaper The Hindu, MCC honorary secretary Karthik Rajashekar said: “The old clubhouse was recently demolished and the reconstruction work is likely to start next month.

“Last year the club got a new state-of-the-art sports complex with two new squash courts, a gym, swimming pool and a cricket turf above the gym. The makeover will get the club ready for the next generation.”

He added: “The famous clock and the name board will be retained and we have ensured that the old aesthetics are preserved.”

MAC Stadium regularly hosts Test cricket and hosted an India vs England match in February last year.

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