Morrisville Is Beating the Bat by Upgrading Its Cricket Venue


Cue the cricket chirps… Morrisville is upgrading its Church Street Park cricket venue—recognized as one of the best venues for cricket in the U.S.—into an international-quality facility.

Thanks to a multimillion-dollar public-private partnership between the Major Cricket League (MLC) and the Town of Morrisville, the investment will see an addition of more than 2,000 permanent seats—bringing the capacity up to over 3,500. Additional upgrades include a state-of-the-art broadcast infrastructure, additional parking, and LED-illuminated natural and artificial turf practice pitches and nets. 

OK before you hate and start asking if this is 16th century England… cricket is pretty relevant in the Triangle. While not the most popular sport in NC, Praveen Chakaraj, co-owner of the Morrisville Cardinals cricket team, says the Cards have “one of the largest and most passionate fan bases in Minor League Cricket” (not shocking—do us proud, NC!)… and the new facility is sure to get even more cricket fans on the bandwagon. “The enhanced playing and training facilities will also support our work to develop young players to a professional level and compete for USA National Team places,” adds Chakaraj.

Additionally, the new facility—which is expected to be complete by spring 2023—will allow Church Street park to host world-class MLC matches and serve as a flagship facility for USA Cricket’s National Team games and training—as well as play host to games at the 2024 T20 Men’s World Cup, which anticipates bringing thousands of fans to the region. And we know you kids get a kick outta soccer.

On behalf of the Triangle Cricket League, President Babar Baig adds, “We are delighted that Church Street Park will receive these significant updates to enhance the venue and provide even greater facilities for the passionate cricket community around Morrisville. We’re so excited to see the improvements in place and future generations of local cricketers both play there and be inspired by watching world-class cricket regularly at Church Street Park.” Batter up!





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