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Wankhede Stadium is the third cricket stadium in Mumbai, built after the Bombay Gymkhana and the Brabourne Stadium. The largest stadium in Mumbai, Wankhede Stadium has witnessed a number of high profile cricket matches. This is located at Churchgate in South Mumbai. Walking distance from Churchgate station. This massive stadium hosts test matches, ODI matches and other international matches as well. It is a big stadium with a capacity of 32K people. This is a historic venue for Indian Cricket history. This place has witness of many important matches like World Cup 2011 final match which India had won and also last match of legendary cricketer Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar. The stadium hosted its first test series in 1974-75, where India lost against West Indies by 201 runs and Clive Lloyd scored an unbeaten 242 runs. It is a venue for IPL (Indian Premier Legue) matches too and home ground for franchise Mumbai Indians. IPL is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India contested annually by franchise teams representing Indian cities.
Built within 6 months after considering S.K. Wankhede's suggestion, the Wankhede Stadium is one of the most prestigious stadiums in India. The stadium has seven different stands - Sunil Gavaskar Stand, North Stand, Vijay Merchant Stand, Sachin Tendulkar Stand, MCA Pavilion, Divecha Pavilion, and Garware Pavilion. A major portion of it was reconstructed for 2011 world cup.
The main gates to the stadium ground are named after Polly Umrigar and Vinoo Mankad. Excellent facilities at this stadium include comfortable seats, floodlights and quality food courts located close to the stands to suit the needs of the spectators. The hanging cantilever roofs do not have a beam support, which ensures a better view of the ground. There are 20 lifts that operate between the North and the South Stands of the stadium.
• The first test match played at Wankhede Stadium was the match between India and West Indies in 1975.
• Wankhede Stadium hosted its first ODI or One Day International match, which was between India and Sri Lanka, in 1987.
• Ravi Shastri's six sixes in an over off Baroda's Tilak Raj en route to the fastest double-hundred from 123 balls in 113 minutes with 13 fours and 13 sixes in first-class cricket was on this ground in 1984-85.
Mumbai Cricket Association, Wankhede Stadium, D Road, Churchgate, Mumbai - 400020.
My Personal Views about this Stadium
I went to watch the IPL match between Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) last year. For a match one has to make long queue for the entry. It is advised to reach at least 1 hour before the start of the match to get inside comfortably. There was a great atmosphere and the seating capacity of the stadium was good. Their maintenance level and the service level was great. Crowd was fantastic right on top of the game. Loud , aggressive and appreciative too. It transform into a live place when the match starts otherwise its a cool and calm place. The atmosphere becomes electrifying under the floodlights. When you are supporting your home team and that team is going well in the match, it adds to the excitement. You can’t miss a thing with big screens around the Stadium. People normally brings different kinds of banner with them to attracts the Cameramen. You may also get a chance to come on TV if you do something different. Food was expensive as in all stadiums of India. One must try to watch a match in the stadium to get the feel of the place and understand what cricket means to Indians. It was a great fun to enjoy the cricket match here.
How To Reach
This stadium has many good transportation facilities thats why you have not to struggle much to reach it. One can reach Wankhede Stadium easily by road or rail. Churchgate Station is the nearest railway station to the stadium. Local trains come from many areas within the city and stop at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway terminus, which is also located close to the stadium.
You can reach to the Stadium via roads because Wankhede Stadium is connected by a network of roads. One can hire auto-rickshaws or taxis from the city to get here. Local buses also make regular stops at the Churchgate Bus Terminus. From here, the Wankhede Stadium is only a 5 minute walk.
Nearby Tourist Attractions
St. Thomas Cathedral is the first Anglican Church in Mumbai, located on D.N. Road, which is sited close to the Wankhede Stadium. The 'Gateway of India' is a fabulous monument built in Hindu and Muslim style of architecture , Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Raconteur Walks Mumbai, Churchgate Railway Station, Marine Drive are also located near to the Stadium.