The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium is the second oldest cricket ground in India, having been established in 1916. Originally known as the Madras Cricket Club Ground, the ground was renamed after the former President of the BCCI, Muthiah Annamalai Chidambaram. It is the home of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Team, who play in the Ranji Trophy and the Chennai Super Kings of the Indian Premier League.
The ground hosted its first Test match in February 1934 as England defeated India by 202 runs. Later that year, the first ever match of the Ranji Trophy was played in November between Madras and Mysore.
India recorded their first ever test victory in 1952, defeating England in their 24th match. More test history was made in 1986, as India and Australia tied a match for only the second time. The stadium hosted matches at the 1987, 1996 and 2011 Cricket World Cup’s.
Tenants: Tamil Nadu Cricket Team (Ranji Trophy) & Chennai Super Kings (IPL)
Location & Travel to M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
The ground is nicknamed the Chepauk stadium as it is located in the Chepauk neighbourhood of Chennai in south east India. It is around 3 kilometres to the south of central Chennai, a few hundred metres from Marina beach on the Bay of Bengal.
Airport – Chennai International Airport is the fourth busiest airport in India, with flights across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It is located around 21 kilometres away from central Chennai, with the airport having its own metro station for easy transit.
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Metro – The closest station of the Chennai Metro to the stadium is the Government Estate station on the blue line, around a 15 minute walk away.
Train – The Chennai MRTS is the city’s rapid transit system, with the Chepauk railway station located adjacent to the station.