Venues guide

The cities playing host to the 2011 World Cup

Last updated: 8th February 2011  

Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore

Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium

VCA Stadium Nagpur

Nagpur hosts England's clash with Holland

MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai

MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai

Shere Bangla National Stadium Dhaka

Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka

India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will co-host the World Cup, which runs from February 19 until April 2.

Here we look at the 13 venues across the three countries which will stage World Cup fixtures.

BANGLADESH

Shere Bangla National Stadium

Capacity: 25,000
Opened: 2006

The larger Bangladeshi venue is located in Mirpur, near Dhaka, and is the ground which will host the very first fixture of the World Cup, to be fought out between co-hosts India and Bangladesh.

MATCH SCHEDULE

19/02 - India v Bangladesh
25/02 - Bangladesh v Ireland
04/03 - Bangladesh v West Indies
19/03 - Bangladesh v South Africa
25/03 - Third quarter-final

Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium

Capacity: 18,000
Established: 2006

This stadium in Chittagong has the smallest capacity of all the stadiums in the tournament and will host just two matches, both featuring Bangladesh, three days apart.

MATCH SCHEDULE

11/03 - Bangladesh v England
14/03 - Bangladesh v Holland

INDIA

MA Chidambaram Stadium

Capacity: 50,000
Established: 1934

Located in Chennai, this venue has been around since February 1934 when, in the first international game ever to be played here, England beat India by 202 runs.

MATCH SCHEDULE

20/02 - New Zealand v Kenya
06/03 - England v South Africa
17/03 - England v West Indies
20/03 - India v West Indies

Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium

Capacity: 48,000
Established: 1982

The state-funded stadium is located in Ahmedabad and is built on the banks of the Sabarmati. In August the playing field was under six feet of floodwater.

MATCH SCHEDULE

21/02 - Australia v Zimbabwe
04/03 - New Zealand v Zimbabwe
26/03 - Fourth quarter-final

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground

Capacity: 40,000
Established: 1969

The stadium in Nagpur, a city located in the centre of India, will be the venue for England's opening fixture against Holland - the last international to be played here was in March 2006 when England drew with India.

MATCH SCHEDULE

22/02 - England v Holland
25/02 - Australia v New Zealand
28/02 - Zimbabwe v Canada
12/03 - India v South Africa

Feroz Shah Kotla

Capacity: 48,000
Established: 1948

This stadium has acted as a fortress in Indian Test match cricket over the past 60 years; Indian spin-bowlers have, in particular, benefited from the surface. With this in mind, the co-hosts may be disappointed that they will only play one of their fixtures in this New Delhi stadium.

MATCH SCHEDULE

24/02 - South Africa v West Indies
28/02 - West Indies v Holland
07/03 - Kenya v Canada
09/03 - India v Holland

Eden Gardens

Capacity: 100,000
Established: 1934

This Kolkata stadium was the largest in the world before the renovation of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and will certainly be the largest in this competition. It was the venue for South Africa, who are due to play there on March 15, to return to international cricket in 1991. The venue has been deemed not to be ready to host the clash between India and England on February 27.

MATCH SCHEDULE

15/03 - South Africa v Ireland
18/03 - Ireland v Holland
20/03 - Zimbabwe v Kenya

M Chinnaswamy Stadium

Capacity: 50,000
Established:1974

This stadium in Bangalore is built on ground owned by the army and is named after Sri M Chinnaswamy, a former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

MATCH SCHEDULE

02/03 - England v Ireland
06/03 - India v Ireland
13/03 - Australia v Kenya
16/03 - Australia v Canada

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

Capacity:30,000
Established: 1994

This stadium in Mohali is generally considered to be one of the best in the tournament in terms of facilities for fans and players alike.

MATCH SCHEDULE

03/03 - South Africa v Holland
11/03 - West Indies v Ireland
30/03 - Second semi-final

Wankhede Stadium

Capacity: 50,000
Established: 1975

The venue of the final of the World Cup, which will not host a game until almost a month into the tournament, should prove a fitting setting for such an historical event. Since 1975, this Mumbai stadium has hosted some of cricket's most memorable events, including Englishman Ian Botham breaking a world record by scoring a century and taking 13 wickets in the same match.

MATCH SCHEDULE

13/03 - New Zealand Vs. Canada
18/03 - Sri Lanka Vs. New Zealand
02/04 - Final

SRI LANKA

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium

Capacity: 35,000
Established: 2009

This new stadium in Hambantota, which was built specifically for this World Cup, will be used only twice - both fixtures to be played in the first week of the tournament.

MATCH SCHEDULE

20/02 - Sri Lanka v Canada
23/02 - Pakistan v Kenya

R Premadasa Stadium

Capacity: 35,000
Established: 1992

This stadium in the capital Colombo is named after the former President Ranasinghe Premadasa and is the largest in Sri Lanka. With seven fixtures set to be played here, it will be the most used venue in the tournament.

MATCH SCHEDULE

26/02 - Sri Lanka v Pakistan
01/03 - Sri Lanka v Kenya
03/03 - Pakistan v Canada
05/03 - Sri Lanka v Australia
19/03 - Australia v Pakistan
24/03 - Second quarter-final
29/03 - First semi-final

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

Capacity: 35'000
Established: 2009

Only one international match, a draw between Sri Lanka and West Indies in December 2010, has been played at this venue in Kandy.

MATCH SCHEDULE

08/03 - Pakistan v. New Zealand
10/03 - Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe
14/03 - Pakistan v Zimbabwe

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