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About M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

A visit to the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is an interesting one for cricket lovers, as it stands as a testimony to India’s love for cricket. Established in 1916, it is the oldest continuously used cricket stadium of India. It is presently the home ground for Chennai Super Kings of the Indian Premier League as well as for the Tamil Nadu cricket team. Earlier called the Madras Cricket Club Ground, it was renamed M A Chidambaram, after the former President of BCCI. Located in Chepauk area, it is often referred to as Chepauk Stadium too. It lies just a few hundred meters from Marina beach and the Cooum river runs tangentially towards its north side. The Chepauk MRTS railway station is nearby. The stadium has a seating capacity of 38,000 and has floodlights installed ever since 1996. It is known for its great sporting pitch and canopied stands.

Historical Context: The first test match at MA Chidambaram Stadium or the then Madras Cricket Club Ground, was held on 10 February 1934. It went on to host the first ever Ranji Trophy match in 1936, and it was the privileged grounds of India’s first ever cricket test victory against England, in 1952.

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