The Mangat Group, a Glendale-based land development group, announced today plans to build a world-class cricket stadium to serve the international cricket community in Buckeye, Ariz. The 20,000-seat stadium, known as MG Cricket Stadium, will sit on 30 acres located north of the I-10 freeway on Miller Road.
“Although cricket has been played for many years in other countries, it’s gaining popularity here in the states with many athletes, professional and amateur,” says Tony Mangat, founder of The Mangat Group. “There are limited places for cricket players and enthusiasts to play, as games have been played on baseball and soccer fields in recent years. Our goal is to create a dedicated place for all cricket enthusiasts to enjoy the sport with accurate accommodations and proper field dimensions.”
While there are cricket complexes in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Pearland, Texas, MG Cricket Stadium will be the second ICC-Certified cricket stadium in North America, the first west of the Mississippi, and the first cricket stadium in the state of Arizona. The only other ICC-Certified stadium is located in Lauderhill, Fla.
Earlier this year, USA Cricket partnered with American Cricket Enterprises (ACE) to create a professional US T20 cricket league that will hopefully lead to the creation of Major League Cricket across the country. Mangat hopes Phoenix and the MG Cricket Stadium will be a key part in the creation of those teams.
Mangat and his team plan to build a state-of-the-art soccer field and pickleball court in addition to the cricket stadium, along with a training facility for players. An additional 20 acres will include a hotel and shops for entertainment. Plans for a parking structure are also in development.
“Buckeye continues attracting new industrial, retail and entertainment developments to the city,” said Buckeye Mayor Eric Orsborn. “The announcement of this facility creates another amenity for our residents to enjoy. It is definitely a great time to be in Buckeye!”
The stadium comes at a perfect time of growth and development in the West Valley and Arizona. Buckeye is in the top 5% of population growth in the country, and many companies continue to relocate to the area. The major interstate is also under construction as the Department of Transportation works on widening the I-10 to accommodate the growth explosion.
Mangat has partnered with Managing Partner, Vispi Karanjia, from the national architecture firm Orcutt Winslow, and Marc Taylor Inc. Construction Management. Cricket enthusiasts Ashish Bobby Malhotra (Desi Rasoi Brand) and Dr. Nishant Gupta have also partnered with Mangat to help develop the largest cricket stadium in the country.