The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium is located at Mohali, just outside the city of Chandigarh, Punjab. It is popularly referred to as the Mohali Stadium. The stadium is home to the Punjab team. Punjab's second international cricket stadium has been approved by BCCI in Bathinda, Punjab. The construction of the stadium took around 25 crore rupees & 3 years to complete. The stadium has an official capacity of 30,000 spectators.
The lights here are unconventional compared to other cricket stadiums, in that the light pillars are very low in height. This is to avoid aircraft from the nearby airport colliding with the light pillars.
The 19th and youngest Test cricket venue in India, this is one of the larger grounds in the country and sports a lush outfield. The pitch has a reputation for being lively and supporting pace bowlers. It was inaugurated with a One Day International match between India and South Africa during the Hero Cup on November 22, 1993.
The first Test match here was held the following season, between India and West Indies on December 10, 1994. One of the most famous one-day matches on this ground was a thrilling Cricket World Cup semi-final encounter between Australia and West Indies in 1996. PCA stadium will host 3 matches of 2011 world cup including the Semi-final.
PCA stadium is home of Kings 11 Punjab (IPL Mohali franchisee).
Ground facts related to Mohali Cricket Stadium:
End names Pavilion End, City End
Home team Punjab
Curator Daljit Singh
Records at Mohali Cricket Stadium:
The highest Test total at the Mohali Stadium is 630/6 declared by New Zealand against India in the 2003-04 season.
The lowest Test total at the Mohali Stadium is 83 by India against New Zealand in the 1999-2000.
The highest ODI total at the Mohali Stadium is 339/4 by Sri Lanka against Pakistan in the 1996-97 season.
The lowest ODI total at the Mohali Stadium is 122 by Sri Lanka against India in the 2005-06 season.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 matches at Mohali Cricket Stadium:
16th Match, Group B - Netherlands Vs South Africa on 3rd March
27th Match, Group B - Ireland v West Indies on 11th March
2nd Semifinal on 30th March
How to Reach Mohali Cricket Stadium:
Mohali Cricket Stadium lays close to the two main areas of Mohali namely Jan Marg and Udyog Path. If you are staying near these areas, you can access the stadium using cabs, rickshaws or bus services.
The city is well-connected by railways, airlines and 3 dimensional road networks. People traveling from outside can fly in to the Chandigarh airport as this is the nearest airport to come to the Mohali stadium. Chandigarh railway station is the nearest railway station to Mohali. You can visit the city via Punjabs excellent railway network too. Well-known trains from Delhi include Kalka Shatabdi and Himalayan Queen. Mohali Cricket Stadium can also be reached through the National Highway that passes through Chandigarh.
Address of Mohali Cricket Stadium:
Sector - 63, SAS Nagar,
Mohali, Punjab (India)
Phone: 0172 - 2232300/1/2