Cricket and Scenic Views – 8 Match Grounds with Outstanding Scenery

Venue aesthetics may not be on top of your list when you love the game. As long as the match grounds meet the requirements and standards, everything else may seem like a bonus. But imagine if you can watch cricket in a stadium built in the midst of breathtaking scenery. The experience should be quite something else. For future reference, here is a list of some of the world’s best match grounds with outstanding scenery.

1. Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Oval
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Highlights: Sporting and entertainment events venue, sits in the midst of scenic parklands, stunning views of the stadium or the parklands from well-appointed dining rooms, top notch amenities and facilities, views of the city and the St Peter’s Cathedral nearby

2. Basin Reserve
Basin Reserve
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Highlights: Located at the foot of Mount Victoria, sporting venue that is on the National Heritage list, watch matches on a grassy bank and enjoy the picturesque scene

3. Galle International Stadium
Galle International Stadium
Location: Galle, Sri Lanka
Highlights: Widely-viewed as one of the most scenic cricket match grounds in the world, located near the Galle fort that dates back to the 16th century, a view of the Indian Ocean

4. Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium
dharamshala stadium
Location: Chelian, India
Highlights: Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, fairly new cricket ground compared with the oldest facilities in UK and other parts of the world, postcard perfect scenery with views of snow-capped mountains

5. Lord’s
Location: St John’s Wood Rd, London
Highlights: St John’s Wood serves as a scenic backdrop, The Pavilion that dates back to the Victorian era, an eye-catching weather vane called the Old Father Time, the mesmerizing Media Centre, the Grace Gates, and more

6. Newlands Cricket Stadium
Newlands Cricket Stadium
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Highlights: Sits in a scenic landscape with a brewery, the Table Mountain, and Devil’s Peak as backdrop; a great place to soak up some sun and scenery while losing yourself in an exciting cricket match

7. Queenstown Events Centre
Queenstown Events Centre
Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Highlights: Indoor sporting and various events venue, sits close to the Queenstown International Airport which adds plane spotting to your cricket watching experience, scenic views of the surrounding landscape

8. Wormsley Cricket Ground
Wormsley Cricket Ground
Location: Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, UK
Highlight: Located within the vast Wormsley Park which covers 2,500 acres of land, picturesque and dreamy scenery, stunning buildings and breathtaking landscape, tranquil atmosphere, lovely cricket pavilion and cricket grounds with a spectacular vista all around