Since 1969, M Chinnaswamy Stadium has been ground zero for all cricket fans in the city. The 48-year-old stadium, which overlooks the scenic Cubbon Park and is situated in the heart of the city, has hosted legendary cricketers from across the world.
Formerly known as Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) stadium, it was renamed as a tribute to M Chinnaswamy who served in KSCA and was also the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from 1977 to 1980. The stadium has a seating capacity of 40,000 and hosts all series of cricket matches including test cricket, one-day Internationals (ODI) and other first-class matches.
The stadium was first used for first-class cricket matches during the 1972-73 season. The test series status started during 1974-75 when the West Indies toured India.
The floodlights were first installed at this stadium for the 1996 Wills World Cup. The first match played under the lights was the quarter-final clash between India and Pakistan in 1996, in which India defeated Pakistan by 39 runs.
While the city boasts of having the highest number of cricket enthusiasts, the Chinnaswamy stadium records the highest footfall at any Indian stadium. To top this, the stadium also holds a record for having an in-house solar rooftop and effective rainwater harvesting system and sewage treatment plant.
The circular rooftop is covered with photovoltaic cells to generate solar power for its use. It is said that this solar panels can generate 400 kilovolts or six lakh units every year.