This stadium with a seating capacity of 55,000 not only regularly hosts Test cricket, One Day Internationals (ODI) and other First-class cricket matches, but also other musical and cultural events. The stadium is also the home ground of the Karnataka state cricket team and the Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. It is owned by the Government of Karnataka and has been leased out to the KSCA for a period of 99 years.
With generous patronage from the Government of Karnataka, the foundation stone of this stadium was laid in 1969 and construction work commenced in 1970.The stadium was first used for First-class cricket matches during the 1972-73 season. It earned Test status during the 1974-75 season when the West Indies toured India.
After the BCCI chose Bangalore as the centre for the National Cricket Academy in 2000, many budding cricketers have passed out of the Academy housed on this ground. This stadium also served as venue for the 1996 Miss World
pageant. The KSCA now plans to increase the seating capacity to 70,000. After the launch of the IPL, it has also become the home ground of the Bangalore franchise team, the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The stadium was also given a facelift for the first season of the IPL. It was painted in red and yellow, the team colors of the Royal Challengers and also the colors of the Karnataka flag.
The Chinnaswamy Stadium Wicket
The cricket pitch at this stadium is seen to be typical - it rarely follows the 'turning track' axiom, which is followed by all other international-level cricket pitches in India. Of late, the Chinnaswamy stadium cricket pitch is said to be bouncy and pacy, which is something unprecedented in the history of Indian cricket. The 2012 season's Ranji Trophy matches, the India-New Zealand
Test and the India-Pakistan
T20 International matches saw fast bowlers grab significant number of wickets.
In the T20 International played here on 25 December 2012, Pakistan's left arm fast bowler, debutant Mohammad Irfan, arguably the tallest cricketer, troubled the Indian top order batsmen, with his pace and disconcerting bounce. In the same match, Indian fast bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar too troubled the Pakistani top order in his debut match, finishing with bowling figures of 3 for 9 in his allotted four overs. Though, India lost the match by five wickets.