Cricket is a game of statistics and records. However, what is really interesting about cricket is that it is not only the players who hold records, but even inanimate objects such as cricket grounds and cricket stadiums that are known for holding world records!
The smallest international cricket stadium by boundary is Eden Park in New Zealand due to its shortest straight boundary of about 55 meters. It also has one of the shortest square boundary of about 65 meters making it a stadium with one of the smallest cricket field.
The smallest international cricket stadium by capacity is the Grange Club Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland with a seating capacity of 5000 spectators. It has hosted several high profile international cricket matches and is home to the Scotland’s National Cricket team.
While everyone often talks about the biggest and the largest, in this article we shall take a look at the smallest cricket stadiums in the world!
*IMPORTANT – only those cricket grounds and stadiums have considered that have hosted at least one international cricket match.
Smallest International Cricket Stadium in the World by Boundary
The boundary length of a cricket stadium can vary from one match to another.
As mentioned above, Eden Park in New Zealand is widely considered as the smallest international cricket stadium in the world.
Let’s look at some of the cricket stadium with shortest boundary length.
List of Smallest Cricket Stadiums by Boundary Length
|No||Stadium Name||Country||Boundary Type||Size (in meters)|
|1||Eden Park, Auckland||New Zealand||Straight||55|
|2||The Wanderers, Johannesburg||South Africa||Square||64|
|4||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||India||Square||66|
|5||Eden Park, Auckland||New Zealand||Square||68|
It is important to note that while the above statistics indicate the boundary size in meters, the actual size on the matchday may vary depending on the usage of the pitch and adjustment of the boundary and advertising.
Furthermore, only the most commonly known stadiums have been considered due to a lack of available data in the public domain on the boundary sizes of all cricket stadiums in the world.
Smallest International Cricket Stadium in the World by Capacity
When people talk about the smallest cricket stadium, it is usually measured by the seating capacity of the stadium.
It is interesting to note that there are over 200 International Cricket Stadiums across the globe where cricket matches take place on a regular basis.
While some are known for their large seating capacity, a few others gather attention for their especially small size! So, here’s a list of the smallest cricket stadiums across the world in terms of their seating capacity.
List of Smallest Cricket Stadium by Capacity
|No.||Stadium Name||Country||Seating Capacity|
|1||The Grange Club, Edinburgh||Scotland||5,000|
|2||Stormont Cricket Ground, Belfast||Ireland||6,000|
|3||Maple Leaf Cricket Club, Ontario||Canada||7,000|
|4||Traeger Park, Alice Springs||Australia||7,200|
|5||Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo||Zimbabwe||9,000|
|6||Boland Park, Paarl||South Africa||10,000|
|7||Riverway Stadium, Townsville||Australia||10,000|
|8||Harare Sports Club, Harare||Zimbabwe||10,000|
|9||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua||West Indies||10,000|
|10||De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley||South Africa||11,000|
All these stadiums have had more than a few international cricket matches played at their respective venues.
That said, cricket stadium’s from some of the most well-known cricket playing nations do not feature in the above list. So, let’s take a look at the list of smallest cricket stadium for India, England and Australia respectively.
Smallest Cricket Stadium in India (by Capacity)
India is known as a cricket crazy nation, and it is no surprise that the worlds largest cricket stadium is also in India. However, while you may heard about the Motera Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad for its gigantic capacity, not many are aware about the smallest cricket stadiums in India.
So, let’s take a look at the top 5 smallest cricket stadium in India –
List of Smallest Cricket Stadium in India (by capacity)
|1||Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground||Rajkot||15,000|
|2||Roop Singh Stadium||Gwalior||18,000|
|4||K. D. Singh Babu Stadium||Lucknow||22,000|
Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur runs in a close 6th with a seating capacity of 23,185 spectators.
Smallest Cricket Stadium in England (by Capacity)
England is known for as the country for origin of Cricket. Known as the home of cricket, it houses some of the world’s oldest and most well-known cricket stadium in the world!
List of Smallest Cricket Stadium in England (by capacity)
|1||North Marine Road Ground||Scarborough||11,500|
|3||County Cricket Ground||Bristol||15,000|
|4||St Lawrence Ground||Canterbury||15,000|
Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in Nottingham, a famous stadium for several international cricket matches in England, also has a capacity of 17,000 spectators.
Smallest Cricket Stadium in Australia (by Capacity)
The Aussies are known to enjoy watching sports and it is no different for Cricket. Thus, just like India, Australia is also known for massive stadiums not just in capacity but also in the boundary length.
Let’s look at what are some of the smallest cricket stadium in Australia –
List of Smallest Cricket Stadium in Australia (by capacity)
|1||Traeger Park||Alice Springs||7,200|
While Australia has had a few small sized stadium, it is more known for Melbourne Cricket Ground which is not only one of the biggest stadium in the world, but also famous for its rich cricket history.
What is the Minimum Size of a Cricket Field?
As per the ICC’s standard playing conditions law 20.1.3, no boundary should be shorter than 59.43 meters and no longer than 82.29 meters from the centre of the pitch. The overall diameter of a cricket field can vary between 137 meters and 150 meters.
We covered this topic in great detail in another article on our website. That article not only talks about the size and dimensions of a cricket ground, but also shares some interesting cricket grounds that have had a tree in it! Make sure you give it a read!
Lastly, in case you are wondering that if the minimum boundary size requirement for a stadium is 59.43 meters, how then does ICC allow cricket matches to be held in stadiums like Eden Park?
Well, the minimum boundary rule omits stadiums that were built before October of 2007. It is applicable specifically to stadiums that are being built all over the world as Cricket spreads its wings with the onset of T20 cricket.
While most people want to learn more about the biggest and the largest cricket stadium, there are times when we want to know the smallest one too!
I hope this article provided you with adequate information and hopefully made you learn something new!