Knight Riders Group seeks to build world class cricket venue in Los Angeles

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    The Knight Riders Group (KRG) is looking to build a world class cricket venue in Los Angeles, in partnership with Major League Cricket (MLC).

    This facility would host Major League Cricket and serve as potential venue for major international events, including the LA28 Olympic Games.

    In a statement, KRG announced the approval of an exclusive negotiating agreement to move forward with lease negotiations and design approvals to on a 15-acre parcel at Great Park.

    It adds that internationally renowned architects, HKS, will design an iconic home for the sport in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.

    KRG is a founding investor in Major League Cricket and is working closely with MLC on various aspects related to the launch of the league.

    KRG, owners of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), bring significant experience from one of the most successful brands in global T20 cricket to MLC.

    Speaking on the investment, Shah Rukh Khan said, “Our investment in MLC in America, is based on our belief in the exciting future of cricket in the USA and is well aligned to our strategy of establishing Knight Riders as a global brand in T20 cricket. Plans to build a world class cricket stadium in the greater Los Angeles area is exciting for us and MLC. This will no doubt have a transformational impact on one of the world’s most iconic metropolitan areas.”

    The stadium plans include state-of-the-art training facilities, locker rooms, luxury suites, dedicated parking, concessions, field lighting and an international-grade pitch to meet International Cricket Council accreditation and allow the venue to host the highest level of international cricket competition.

    USA Cricket is expected to bid for future men’s and women’s World Cup tournaments, with the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup already set to be co-hosted by the United States and the West Indies.

    The ICC is also bidding for the inclusion of cricket in the 2028 Olympic Games to be held in Los Angeles – if successful, the stadium at Great Park is expected to be a centerpiece venue for the event in Southern California.