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Vidarbha Cricket Association launched its new venue at Jamtha in early November 2008. Spread over 33 acres (130,000 m2), VCA Stadium is a swanky stadium with 45000 sitting capacity, world-class training and practice facilities for the players, along with score of other facilities than one can think of. Located, 16kms. on Nagpur – Hyderabad National Highway, this piece of ultra modern sport facilitiy, by far it is the best cricket stadium in India in terms of facilities. India completed a series victory in the fourth test ensuring a perfect inaugural gift to VCA in its opening encounter against Australia at this arena.
The stadium has four stands. The East and West stands are open to air stands with two tiers. The three tier North stand houses the Commercial box, Presidents Room, Secretary's Box, Security Central, Board rooms etc. The South stand also has three tiers and houses the players pavilion, media room, players gym etc. The ground in its entire splendour is well equiped to organize Day / Night matches. This fully chaired arena has all round roofing for the comfort of its spectators and has decent free ways for spectator movements.
State of the art lights : The new edifice further enhanced its facility in late March’09 with the installation of High Mast floodlight, at nearly 65 meters. Height with four masts (North, South, East & West) each with 92 no. lights is one of its kind on the country. These are four fittings on trusses i.e. West 12, East 12, South 19 & North 19. and each mast is energized with an independent 500 KVA generator sets. Each of the mast heads has a separate control room with high tech control panels. Further as per the ICC guidelines and Live TV broadcast requirements, the ground is lit up to the required 3000 lux. Each mast head is equipped with the aviation lights, the lightning arrester and the stability and protection are also maintained. The whole work was executed by Phillips and the "Arena Vision" Mast head were specially imported from Holland for the first time in India.
Spacious and well furnished pavilion with a decent sit out , mini gymnasium, exclusive lunch hall, medical room etc. completes the all round facility for the players. Special air-conditioned enclosure for the members at the Southern end is an added attraction. The Corporate facility has further been enhanced with the setting up of thirty eight corporate boxes with hospitality services attached. Match officials including ICC observers and umpires have all been provided separate and exclusive facility alongside the players. The ultra modern, Press Box provides the media personnel with international standard facility and is well equipped with advanced communication facility for its smooth operations.
Spectator’s comforts are paramount for the association and all the stand have been provided with utility foyers. The utility services include the cafeteria, food stalls, drinking water arrangements and adequate toilet facilities. Regulated entry and exit facilities ensures speedy and convenient movement of the spectators.
Nearly hundred feet wide road from the main highway has also been constructed by the VCA for the convenience of the spectators and the general public including smooth flow of vehicular traffic for the entry and exit.
Few pictures of VCA Stadium Jamtha.