1. Eden Gardens Stadium is built on the grounds of the park-Eden Gardens. The park still exists behind the stadium and even has a Burmese style Pagoda in it
2. Ultimate football maestro Pele has played here for Cosmos against Mohun Bagan football club
3. The 1996 World Cup opening ceremony was a no show as the laser light show didn’t work upto the mark. We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?
4. Eden Gardens has been home to all-rounder Kapil Devs hattrick in an ODI match against Sri Lanka. Harbhajan Singh too spelt out success against Australia in the 2001 Test win.
5. Sachin’s 199th match was held here against West Indies. Quite historic we feel.
6. It is the oldest cricket stadium in the world built in 1864, the second oldest being Lord’s built in 1884. Old is gold!
7. The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium has the 3rd most seating capacity in the world with around 67,000 people.
8. 2011 saw the Eden Gardens makeover, which cut down the stadium size to almost half of it’s original size initially being 120,000.
9. Howzzat to Goooaaal! Football matches too have been hosted here. Such a multi taking stadium!
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