ICC Confirms Dallas, Florida, and New York as Host Venues for 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announces that Dallas, Florida, and New York will host the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup in the USA, marking the first time the tournament will be held in the country.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially designated Dallas, Florida, and New York as the three host venues for the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup, set to take place in the United States. This marks the first time that the T20 World Cup will be hosted in the USA.
The choice of venues, which includes the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, Broward County in Lauderhill, Florida, and Nassau County in New York, follows a comprehensive evaluation of various options by the ICC Board. The decision to award the event’s hosting rights to the West Indies and the USA was made in November 2021.
“We are thrilled to announce the three USA venues that will play a part in hosting the largest ICC Men’s T20 World Cup ever, featuring 20 teams competing for the coveted trophy. The USA is a strategically vital market, and these venues provide us with an exceptional opportunity to make a significant impact in the world’s largest sports market,” stated an ICC representative.
Geoff Allardice, CEO of the ICC, highlighted the enthusiasm generated among potential hosts during the selection process. He emphasized how cricket’s expanding fan base and its ability to unite diverse communities were integral factors in the decision-making process.
Additionally, the ICC disclosed that an agreement has been reached for the construction of a 34,000-seat modular stadium in Eisenhower Park, Nassau County, New York, subject to the issuance of the required permit next month. The purpose-built sports and events park will be transformed to accommodate the new stadium.
The stadium’s development includes facilities for teams and match officials, media and broadcast amenities, and premium hospitality areas. The site will feature a fan zone, as well as infrastructure for match day operations and event presentation. Training facilities for teams will be established on existing cricket fields and nearby cricket clubs. Construction is scheduled to commence at the end of January 2024, with a target completion date in May 2024.
“We are excited about the opportunity to utilize modular stadium technology to showcase world-class cricket in a location that has not previously hosted an ICC global event. This will provide USA cricket fans with the chance to witness the world’s best players in action right on their doorstep,” added the ICC representative.
Regarding the preparation of the pitches, the ICC stated that the development of all playing surfaces will be overseen by internationally renowned curators and local natural sports turf experts. One significant legacy of this project will be the enhancement of cricket playing surfaces in the area.
Nassau County expressed its enthusiasm for partnering with the ICC to host the Men’s T20 World Cup, acknowledging the event’s global popularity. The county executive, Bruce Blakeman, emphasized their experience in hosting large-scale international events and their commitment to uniting diverse communities.
Apart from the existing venues in Grand Prairie and Broward County, which will undergo expansion to accommodate increased seating, media facilities, and premium hospitality areas using modular stadium solutions, other venues across the USA, including George Mason University in Washington, have been identified as potential hosts for pre-event matches and training.
For the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup, Ireland, Scotland, and Papua New Guinea have secured their spots through regional qualifiers. Upcoming qualifying competitions in the Americas, Asia, and Africa will determine the final teams for the tournament. The 20 participating teams will be divided into four groups during the first round, with the top two from each group advancing to the Super Eight stage. The tournament will culminate with semi-finals and the crowning of the champion.