The largest cricket stadium in India and the second-largest in the world in terms of seating capacity it has space for one lakh cricket fans - Eden Gardens is the hub of cricket in the city. It is the third-biggest cricket stadium in the world after the Melbourne Cricket Ground and ANZ Stadium, and is one of the cricket stadiums in the world to have a giant electronic scoreboard. Eden Gardens is among the first few stadiums in India with floodlights where day-and-night matches are held. Several important cricketing events, both local and international, including the World Cup 1987 final, the World Cup 1996 semi-final and the Hero Cup have been held here. Test matches, one-dayers and Twenty 20 international matches have also been played here. It is the home ground for the Bengal Cricket Team and the IPL's Kolkata Knight Riders.


The pathways of the gardens are shaded by tall mango, mahogany and banyan trees that add serenity to the landscape. Tourists can also visit the three-storeyed Burmese Pagoda that has been built in golden yellow and red and was brought here by Lord Dalhousie.

Governor-General Lord Auckland's dream of making a circus and a garden resulted in this beautiful space. There is an oblong tank with space around it for recreational activities. It was named Auckland Circus Gardens and later changed to Eden Gardens. Stretched over 50 acre, Eden Gardens were laid in 1864.

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