As discussed in the IPL format, most matches are played on the home ground of IPL teams, hence all the cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Jaipur, Mohali, Ahmedabad, and Kochi are covered. Apart from these locations, IPL matches have also been played in Dharamshala, Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam, Ranchi, Rajkot, and Kanpur.
The stadiums where IPL takes place are the best in the world and have their own unique identity. For example the Eden Garden stadium in Kolkata has a capacity of 66,000 spectators making it the world’s second-largest stadium. The stadium is considered as Mecca for cricket fans. It is the home ground for two times IPL winner Kolkata Knight Riders.
Similarly we have Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Hyderabad that has a capacity of 55,000 spectators and is the world’s seventh biggest stadium. This stadium was originally known as Visaka international stadium but was controversially renamed to honor a former prime minister of India. It is the home ground of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
One of the smaller stadiums situated in Rajasthan is Sawai Mansingh stadium which has a capacity of 23,000 spectators. Interestingly this stadium was in a dire state and had become a wasteland until Ex BCCI Vice president Mr.Lalit Modi took the helm of renovating it in 2006. Post-renovation it has become one of the finest stadiums in India and is home ground to the first IPL champions, Rajasthan Royals.
M.Chidambaram stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in India and had hosted India’s first-ever test match win in 1951-52. The stadium is the home ground of Chennai Super Kings who are three-time IPL champions. The stadium is also famous for its spectators who are considered to be the most graceful and knowledgeable of all crowds in India.
M.Chinnaswamy stadium located in Bangalore is home ground to Royal challengers Bangalore and can host up to 40,000 spectators. It has one of the most interesting pitches which offers both good bounce and pace that can work in favor of both batsmen and bowlers. IPL’s most explosive batsmen Chris Gayle made a whopping 175 runs off just 66 balls at this stadium. Interestingly this same stadium was used for the 1996 Miss World competition.
We also have the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai which is the home ground to four-time IPL champions, Mumbai Indians. It has the capacity of 32,000 spectators and was constructed in 1974 making it fairly new compared to other stadiums. This stadium has stands that are named after iconic Mumbai cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. This is the same ground where Ravi Shastri hit six sixes in an over in 1985 while playing a first-class cricket match.
In 2009 the IPL schedule also included international locations and the matches were organized in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Centurion, East London, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Bloemfontein.
In 2014 as well IPL schedule had locations like Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai. But since 2014 all the IPL matches have been happening in Indian cities only.