Brabourne Stadium completes 75 years

Published: Nov 23, 2012, 17:07 IST | The Guide Team

As the prestigious Brabourne Stadium completes 75 years, we hit the rewind button on a landmark that has and continues to satiate the appetite of a cricket-mad city, having earned its rightful place in our history books

From the brabourne files
> The Governor of the city in the 1930s, Lord Brabourne, was a great follower of cricket. The Brabourne Stadium at the Cricket Club of India was named after him. The stadium was built on a piece of reclaimed land, which Governor Brabourne handed over to the Cricket Club of India.


A frame of excited crowds during the India-Australia Test series in 1964

> The architect trio of Gregson, Batley and King drew up the designs for this historic cricket stadium. The stadium boasted a seating capacity of 40,000 and came equipped with a state-of-the-art clubhouse, billiards room, tennis and badminton courts and a swimming pool.


A side view of the space from the 1940s. Note the Rajabai Tower, Bombay High Court and Eros Building in the background. Pics courtesy / Brabourne stadium archives

> The inaugural match was held here in 1937 between the CCI and Lord Tennyson’s XI after it was officially opened on December 7 1937. Almost every historic tournament in cricket, Ranji (inter-state) as well as international matches were played here until the nearby Wankhede Stadium was completed in 1974.


Members enjoy a leisurely evening after a game of cricket

> The Brabourne played host to the prized Bombay Pentangular after it was shifted from the Bombay Gymkhana in 1937-38. 


Brabourne Stadium during IPL-3 season

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