Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Mohali
The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium is generally known as Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium is a cricket ground located in Mohali, Punjab. It is popularly referred to as the Mohali Stadium. The stadium was built by Geetanshu Kalra from Ambala City and is home to the Punjab team. The construction of the stadium took around ₹ 25 crores and 3 years to complete. The stadium has an official capacity of 26,950 spectators. The stadium was designed by Ar. Khizir and Associates, and constructed by R.S. Construction Company based in Chandigarh. Inderjit Singh Bindra stadium is home to the Punjab cricket team and Punjab Kings (IPL franchise).
The floodlights 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 Chandigarh airport colliding with the light pillars. That is the reason behind the stadium having 16 floodlights. As of December 2019, it has hosted 13 Tests, 25 ODIs, and 5 T20Is.
History of the Stadium:
The stadium, also known as the Mohali Stadium or the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, is the 19th Test cricket venue in India. The pitch has a reputation for being lively and supporting pace bowlers, however, it had slowed down and assists spin bowling as well. It was inaugurated on 22 November 1993 with a One Day International match between India and South Africa for the Hero Cup.
The first Test match here was held the following season, between India and West Indies on 10 December 1994. The First Test of Freedom Trophy 2015 was played in Mohali.
The Punjab Cricket Association cricket stadium is the cheapest in the country and probably in the whole world in terms of the ticket price as the price of the tickets starts from INR 500 only. It is the home ground to the king’s xi Punjab franchise.
Touted as one of the best cricket grounds in the country and one of the most iconic places to see in Mohali, the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium has seen its share of legendary matches. Who would forget the heartbreak of West Indies’ loss in 1996 or the game between India and Pakistan, which the home team won? Relive history and visit this hallowed arena where the gladiators battle with willow and leather. If you are a true cricket fan then you will surely enjoy visiting the stadium.
Timings: 05:00 am – 10:00 pm