According to a report by Cricbuzz, the American Cricket Enterprises (ACE), strategic partners of USA Cricket and owners of Major League Cricket (MLC) have presented their current plans to build a multi-million-dollar cricket stadium in the greater Seattle area. As per reports, Marymoor Park in Redmond will house the facility.
In response to the changing dynamics of the region, the King County Council overwhelmingly approved a motion to promote the creation of an MLC cricket stadium. A substantial number of ex-pats from the subcontinent, as well as second-generation immigrants, live in the Greater Seattle region and King County and are active participants in the local cricket scene.
“Major League Cricket has been incredibly impressed by the passion for cricket shown by the community in King County and the broader Seattle region, which boasts one of the largest participation bases for the sport in the country,” said Sameer Mehta, co-founder of Major League Cricket.
“We are grateful to all the council members of King County and the Cities of Bellevue and Redmond for their unanimous support for this project that will mean so much to the thousands of cricket fans in the area.”
There are over 3,500 active cricketers in the region, divided into three adult cricket leagues and over 500 youth cricketers. Last year, the city was given a Minor League Cricket franchise, the Seattle Thunderbolts, and with the completion of the stadium, an automatic berth in the six-team Major League Cricket, which will begin in 2023.
The municipal and county governments are believed to be pushing for the $20 million development project to be completed before the 2024 World Cup. The venue’s seating capacity might be increased to 10,000 people with the building of a grandstand and the addition of temporary seats.
Seattle will compete with the newly announced venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas, and Morrisville for a World Cup slot. Apart from these places, it is said that MLC is in advanced negotiations with an Irvine County location in Los Angeles and Moosa Stadium in Houston to secure the World Cup venues and get them authorised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Apart from Fort Lauderdale, the United States’ lone ODI authorised ground, the ICC is likely to punish hosting rights to five other towns.