The World's largest cricket stadium lies behind the Akashwani
About Eden Garden Stadium
Eden Garden Stadium is supposed to be the largest in Asia with a
seating capacity of more than a lakh spectators.
The magic of Eden Garden the portrait of Indian cricket
was indelibly etched by the early English expatriates. That was 200
years ago, when in a pioneering zeal they banded together to form
the Kolkata Cricket Club. In its edition of February 23, 1792 the
Madras Courier reported that a cricket match was played of
Englishmen residing in the districts of Barrackpore and Dum Dum.
With the year 1792 recognized by Wisden cricket almanack, Kolkata
Cricket Club has come to acquire the reputation of being the oldest
surviving cricket club outside the British Isles. Thus it stands
established that organized cricket in India began in Kolkata.
It was one of the first cricket stadiums in India where floodlights
were installed and Day and Night cricket was played with the
gigantic electronic scoreboard. The first ever first class match to
be played here was in 1917-18, while the first test match was
against Douglas Jardine's MCC in January 1934. Since then the ground
has hosted 30 Tests matches -the maximum at any venue in India. In
February 1987 the stadium hosted its first ODI match against
Pakistan. In all 16 ODI matched have been held here.
The stadium has had the privilege of hosting the most important of
matches like World Cup Finals 1987, World Cup Semi Finals 1996, Hero
Cup and many other tournaments. Winding paths intersects the green
expanse dotted with beautiful trees and shrubs, including a large
artificial lake joining the Burmese - style Pagoda, brought to
Calcutta from Burma after the British victory in the Burmese war of