Grand Prairie: Major League Cricket stadium

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Grand Prairie: Major League Cricket stadium

Postby IcedCowboyCoffee » 23 Mar 2022 13:37

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North Texas will now be a significant home base to yet another sport: cricket. The former stadium of the Texas AirHogs baseball team, built in 2007 in Grand Prairie, is about to become the American home of Major League Cricket (MLC). The league gave city officials their first look at the facility on Tuesday.

MLC officials presented their plans to reconstruct the baseball diamond into a professional cricket field. According to the plan presented to the Grand Prairie City Council on Tuesday, the groundbreaking event will take place in late March or early April with construction expected to be completed sometime in the first quarter of 2023.

Major League Cricket Will Turn Grand Prairie's Baseball Diamond Into a World-Class Cricket Oval - Dallas Observer
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Re: Grand Prairie: Major League Cricket stadium

Postby potatocoins » 23 Mar 2022 13:45

So I'm guessing this is in lieu of the stadium that was supposed to be built in Allen?

If so, I think this is great news. Allen seemed way too far out there, glad to see it built here instead.

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Re: Grand Prairie: Major League Cricket stadium

Postby IcedCowboyCoffee » 27 May 2022 15:14

Local Investors Anurag Jain and Ross Perot Jr. Help Bring Major League Cricket to North Texas and Beyond
- https://dallasinnovates.com/local-investors-anurag-jain-and-ross-perot-jr-help-bring-major-league-cricket-to-north-texas-and-beyond/

The total of more than $120 million [of expected new funding] will largely go toward building cricket-focused stadiums and training facilities for the planned six teams that will play in the league, as well as for a developmental league
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In addition to converting the baseball diamond into a cricket pitch and increasing the stadium’s seating capacity to 7,000 permanent seats, the Grand Prairie site will house USA Cricket, the governing body for the sport in the U.S, men’s and women’s national teams, along with a “premier high-performance center.” The stadium will also host international tournaments as USA Cricket seeks to become a full member of the International Cricket Council by 2030.


The league is still on track to start next year, I'm excited.
Minor League Cricket starts their second season on June 25th.

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Re: Grand Prairie: Major League Cricket stadium

Postby IcedCowboyCoffee » 27 Jul 2022 13:29

Video update:
https://youtu.be/00VwSCPzbik

TIMELINE ANNOUNCED FOR COMPLETION OF MAJOR LEAGUE CRICKET STADIUM IN GRAND PRAIRIE, TX
Demolition and excavation work began this week at Grand Prairie Stadium . . .
The improvements now underway at Grand Prairie Stadium include refurbishment and enhancement of the stadium’s 13 luxury suites and Hall of Fame and Officer Club Rooms, installation of premium seating experiences around the field, and a renovation and reopening of the stadium’s sports bar facility. The new cricket stadium will be capable of hosting major international competitions meeting full international broadcast specifications. Training nets, batting lanes, two additional outside turf fields and further enhancements to the venue will be made in subsequent renovation phases.

- Major League Cricket

Still expected to be ready by spring next year.