Design & Development

Populous, ICC unveil New York stadium project for T20 World Cup

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Architecture and design firm Populous has unveiled plans for a 34,000-seat modular cricket stadium in New York that will be built for this year’s Men’s T20 World Cup.

Populous has partnered with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the stadium, which will host eight matches during the tournament. The US is co-hosting the event with the West Indies.

The modular stadium marks a world first for cricket, according to the ICC. It will be located in Eisenhower Park, Nassau County, 30 miles east of Manhattan.

Construction on the stadium will begin next month, with the design of the venue to incorporate sustainable, temporary solutions. The stadium grandstands were originally used during Formula 1’s Las Vegas Grand Prix and are being repurposed for primary general admission seats.

The stadium will feature over 80,000 square feet of hospitality space, including a party deck, fan suites, cabanas and VIP clubs. A range of food and beverage outlets will also be included to enhance the fan experience.

A drop-in pitch is currently being grown in Florida and will be transported to New York in early May ahead of the T20 World Cup, which will take place from June 1-29. The development of the pitch is being overseen by Adelaide Oval Turf Solutions, with the outfield cultivated by LandTek Group, which has delivered fields for the likes of the New York Yankees, New York Mets and Inter Miami.

The Nassau County International Cricket Stadium will host eight matches during the tournament, including the highly anticipated fixture between India and Pakistan, and USA vs India.

Jeff Keas, senior principal at Populous, said: “Cricket is a truly global sport with a passionate, knowledgeable fan base and we’re thrilled to partner with the ICC and help bring the Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup to the United States. The modular, sustainable stadium we’ve designed will create a fantastic experience for both US and international cricket fans and visitors to enjoy watching the world’s best teams and players.”

ICC chief executive Geoff Allardice added: “We are excited to be unveiling the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. It is an incredibly important milestone in the lead up to the biggest ICC event ever, with work commencing on the stadium which will be able to accommodate 34,000 cricket fans.

“We are partnering with world-class suppliers to deliver the modular stadium to ensure that players and fans can enjoy an unforgettable experience across the eight matches in New York in June this year.”

The ICC revealed the schedule for the T20 World Cup earlier this month, with the tournament finale to be staged in the Caribbean. The tournament’s US venues were confirmed in September.

Matches will also be played at the redeveloped Grand Prairie Stadium in Texas and Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium in Florida. There will be six venues in the Caribbean: Kensington Oval, Barbados; Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad; Providence Stadium, Guyana; Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua; Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, St Lucia; and Arnos Vale Stadium, St Vincent.