New York cricket stadium being dismantled after hosting its last T20 World Cup match

New York’s temporary Nassau County Cricket Stadium, purpose-built for the T20 World Cup 2024, is currently undergoing dismantling following the conclusion of its leg of the tournament, reports Cricbuzz.

The ‘pop up’ stadium, constructed in 106 days, has commenced its six-week dismantling process immediately after Wednesday’s conclusion of the India-USA game.

Situated within Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York, on Long Island’s Nassau County, the stadium transformed the park into a secure venue for games and spectators during its tenure.

Post-tournament, Eisenhower Park will return to its original state, with its muddy, grassy, and dusty areas open for free public access. Entry, strictly regulated during the past fortnight, will remain unrestricted.

The modular stadium served as a temporary venue for the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, hosting eight group stage matches, notably the India-Pakistan encounter.

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Following the tournament, the modular architecture will be removed, preserving the outfield as a lasting legacy.

The future of the pitches remains uncertain. According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), Nassau County authorities will decide whether to maintain and manage them.

Alternatively, the ICC may relocate the drop-in pitches, developed in Florida with expertise from South Australia, to a more suitable location. However, the outfield will remain unchanged.

Initial plans to host Major League Cricket (MLC) games at the stadium met with tepid enthusiasm from MLC authorities and franchises. Looking ahead, while a dedicated cricket stadium remains a possibility in the future, it is unlikely to be located here.

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