SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – A “world-class” cricket stadium is under construction in Santa Clara County, County, and Major League Cricket (MLC) officials have announced.
The County and MLC on Wednesday announced the approval of an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) to proceed with lease negotiations and design approvals for the development of an international cricket stadium on a 14-acre plot of the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
The development is part of a multi-million dollar investment by MLC to build stadiums as they partner with international architects to design a “premiere cricket destination in North America.”
“Cricket is a sport that is growing in popularity in the US and Santa Clara County,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto Lee.
“The addition of an international cricket venue to the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds would help attract large numbers of visitors from all over the world to the region. We look forward to finalizing plans with Major League Cricket to move forward with this exciting development for Santa Clara County.”
Over the next 12 months, MLC and the county will work together to obtain the necessary approvals to build a stadium with a maximum capacity of 15,000.
MLC officials said the location and demographics make the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds a perfect fit for the development of a tent home for one of America’s largest cricket fan bases in the Bay Area.
“Major League Cricket’s plans for an international-quality cricket stadium in one of the country’s most vibrant and diverse metropolitan regions add to the fantastic momentum for cricket’s national growth,” said Paraag Marathe, president of the US Cricket Board.
“The Bay Area — and Silicon Valley in particular — is an ideal location for this development that could serve as a potential venue for future major international events and as a home stadium for the U.S. national team games.”
The stadium is a key part of the proposed redevelopment of the 150-acre Santa Clara County Fairgrounds site and will be home to MLC’s Bay Area franchise and serve as a major hub for the U.S. national teams.
It would also be a potential venue for major international cricket events.
USA Cricket is expected to bid for future Men’s and Women’s World Cup tournaments, while the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup will already be co-hosted by the United States and the West Indies.
“Major League Cricket is excited at the prospect of developing an international-quality cricket stadium in a location accessible to so many Bay Area cricket fans,” said Sameer Mehta, co-founder of Major League Cricket.
“We are grateful to the County of Santa Clara for exploring how the Fairgrounds location can serve as a world-class home for Major League Cricket and USA Cricket.”
The new stadium plans to include state-of-the-art training facilities, changing rooms, luxury suites, dedicated parking, concessions and an international-grade pitch to meet ICC accreditation and enable the venue to host the highest levels of international cricket matches .
By the summer of 2023, six teams are expected to start playing in major cities across the country.
The plans for development in Santa Clara County follow the already announced MLC stadium that has been approved for construction in Grand Prairie, Texas.