Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, also known as MCA Pune International Cricket Centre is a cricket stadium located at Gahunje near Pune, India. It serves as the home stadium for the Indian Premier League team Pune Warriors India and Maharashtra cricket team including headquarters for the Maharashtra Cricket Association.
With India having the largest cricket audience in the World
and Indian influence in international cricket growing, the MCA decided a new stadium was needed. Hopkins Architects of London was commissioned to design a new 55,000 seat stadium in Pune,and the Pune International Cricket Centre was the result. Anglo-Indian Sports Turf Consultants ISTeC are providing a state-of-the-art outfield, constructed to international standards and incorporating the latest in turf technology.
The stadium features a terrace surrounding the pitch, where spectators can sit. Four stands surround the terrace, accessed via a wide pedestrian concourse, with the gaps between the stands allowing light in and spectators to enjoy the surrounding views. Upper levels include further seating for spectators, a members' pavilion, hospitality boxes, and facilities for broadcasting and press. Parking is provided on surrounding land. Membrane roofs provide shade from the sun.Members' amenities focus on the adjacent Practice Ground, comprising restaurants, sports and spa facilities and a residential Indoor Cricket Academy.
The MCA's decision to build a new Cricket stadium in Pune stemmed from a dispute with the Pune Municipal Corporation, regarding ticket allocations for Nehru Stadium
. This conflict came to a head when an international match between India and Sri Lanka
was moved to Kolkata, with the MCA stating they were in no position to host the match. Following this, the MCA decided a new stadium was needed. Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium was inaugurated by the then ICC President and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on 1 April 2012.
The stadium and the seating arrangement have been designed in such a way that an unobstructed view is assured from each location. The first stage of construction of the stadium has been completed, and the total capacity after completion of the second stage is expected to be over 55,000.The most important feature of this stadium is the rain water drainage system.Many a times, matches are abandoned, due to heavy downpour.In order to overcome this problem, MCA has opted for sand based outfield developed departmentally with technical assistance from STRI Limited, U.K. Due to this technology, even during the heavy showers, water on the outfield drained out fast making it ready for play again just in some minutes.