Nassau County one of three U.S. spots to host 2024 Cricket World Cup

Nassau County one of three U.S. spots to host 2024 Cricket World Cup
Nassau County's Eisenhower Park. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The International Cricket Council Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 will be arriving in Nassau County’s Eisenhower Park, the first time the United States will host the tournament.

“Nassau County is excited to partner with the ICC to host the Men’s T20 World Cup, one of the most popular sporting events in the world. With more than one billion fans worldwide, this event will attract fans from all around the world to Eisenhower Park,” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said in a release.

A 34,000-seat modular stadium will be constructed in the park, conditional on the award of a required permit next month, the council said. Modular stadiums are cost-effective, semi-permanent structures that can be expanded or relocated.

In addition to Nassau County, venues in Grand Prairie in Dallas and Florida’s Broward County will also be hosting cups.

“We’re delighted to announce the three USA venues that will host part of the biggest ICC Men’s T20 World Cup ever staged, with 20 teams competing for the trophy,” ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said in a release. “The USA is a strategically important market and these venues give us an excellent opportunity to make a statement in the world’s biggest sport market.”

Nassau County won the bid over New York City, which proposed hosting the cricket tournament in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The city’s bid was struck down after many local leaders and residents rallied in opposition to sacrificing a public spot for a private tournament.

The United States and the West Indies were established in November 2021 as co-hosts of the global tournament.

The International Cricket Council said the decision on the United States locations was made after an extensive evaluation of many possible venues.

“We explored a number of potential venue options in the country, and we were hugely encouraged by the enthusiasm the event generated amongst prospective hosts, reinforcing the growing awareness around cricket’s massive fanbase and its power to unite diverse communities,” Allardice said.

Allardice said the tournament will be the largest T20 World Cup in history.

He added that the tournament will be able to unite diverse communities growing in the United States and draw in cricket’s global fanbase. Blakeman echoed these same sentiments.

“Whether it be PGA events, record-breaking concerts in our parks or the annual Belmont Stakes, we are no stranger to hosting large-scale events on the world stage,” Blakeman said. “I look forward to bringing our many diverse communities together to watch some of the best cricket in the world right here in Nassau County.”

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