The Knight Riders Group (KRG) and the owners of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) announced that they will build a cricket stadium in Los Angeles in partnership with Major League Cricket (MLC).
The project was initiated with the Olympics 2028 in mind, as cricket might be included in the Summer Games six years later. The cricket stadium will be constructed on a 15-acre plot of land.
Bollywood superstar and KRG Co-owner 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 are exciting for us and MLC. This will no doubt have a transformational impact on one of the world’s most iconic metropolitan areas.”
One of the founding investors in MLC are KRG. The stadium is estimated to cost between $25 to $30 million and will be home to the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned Los Angeles Knight Riders of the MLC. According to the release, the world-acclaimed architects HKS will design an iconic home for the sport in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
The stadium plans call for cutting-edge training facilities, locker rooms, luxury suites, specialised parking, concessions, field lighting, and an international-grade pitch that will meet International Cricket Council (ICC) standards.
The ICC is also making a bid for cricket to be included in the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 2028, and if successful, the venue at Great Park is predicted to be the event’s forefront in Southern California.