A stadium has to be nothing short of lucky to be hosting the finals of the ICC World Cup. In under five decades, during the 11 editions of the tournament only a select few stadia have had the honour.
For fans, each of these stadia have several reasons to be in part of their happiest memories because their favourite teams have won World Cups here. The joy for fans transcends borders and the spirit of winning is celebrated by everyone.
Lord’s in London has had the rare privilege of hosting the finals on four occasions. When it hosts the finals during the 2019 edition of the ICC World Cup, it will be the fifth. No other stadium has done it so many times
The first time an ICC Cricket World Cup final was held outside of England, Kolkata’s Eden Gardens was chosen to be the host for the finals. The final in 1987 between Australia and England was watched by a record crowd, then never seen before in a final
India is the only country where two cities have hosted the World Cup finals, with Mumbai becoming the second during the finals of 2011. India beat neighbour Sri Lanka, the first host nation to win the trophy.
Melbourne’s iconic MCG was the host of the final of the 1992 World Cup when Pakistan took home the trophy and England lost the second consecutive final. It also hosted the final in 2015.
Lahore’s Gaddafi was the host of the 1996 World Cup final which saw Sri Lanka extend an amazing run to beat Australia in the final.
Wanderers, Johannesburg was the host for the 2003 finals when Australia beat India comfortably to win. It was also the stadium where India won the inaugural ICC T20 tournament
Bridgetown Oval had the privilege of hosting the finals when the World Cup was held in West Indies during 2007. The crowd joined in the celebrations with the Australian team.