Why is Lord's stadium called the "Home of Cricket" or "Mecca of Cricket"?

  • Lords cricket ground is called the "Home of cricket" or the “Mecca of cricket” because it was the first officially built ground for the game of cricket. Here are some of the important and interesting facts about Lord's:
  • Lord's Cricket Ground, commonly known simply as Lord's, is located in St John's Wood, London, and is named after its founder Thomas Lord
  • It is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the European Cricket Council (ECC)
  • It was also the home to the International Cricket Council (ICC) until August 2005
  • MCC Museum at Lord's is currently the world's oldest sporting museum; it contains the world's most celebrated collection of cricket memorabilia, including The Ashes urn
  • Lord established three grounds between 1787 and 1814, with the original first ground called as 'Lord's Old Ground' being now replaced by what is called as Dorset Square
  • The second ground, Lord's Middle Ground, was used from 1811 to 1813 before being abandoned to make way for the construction through its outfield of the Regent's Canal
  • To mark the celebration of 200th anniversary of the current ground in 2014, MCC XI captained by Sachin Tendulkar played a Rest of the World XI led by Shane Warne in a 50 overs match on 5th July 2014
  • The ground now houses an iconic Media Centre which was commissioned in time for the 1999 Cricket World Cup, and was the first all-aluminium, semi-monocoque building in the world
  • Lord's hosts Test matches, one-day internationals, some Middlesex home matches, MCC matches and some of Middlesex's home Twenty20 games
  • MCC Library at Lord's is one of the largest and most comprehensive collection[s] of books and publications dedicated to cricket, with over 17,000 volumes in it's archives
  • Here is a detailed timeline of events and cricketing history associated with the Lord's cricket stadium:
  • While cricket has been overtaken by other international events, and the game itself has become overtly commercial, Lord's has retained its place as the spiritual home
  • Despite a major rebuilding programme in recent years, Lord's remains a cricket ground as opposed to the largely impersonal stadiums many other leading venues which have become
  • Playing in a Test at Lord's, still widely regarded as the home of cricket, remains to many cricketers the pinnacle of a career
  • The team dressing rooms are adorned with honour boards which mark every century made in a Test match on the grounds, and all instances of a bowler taking five wickets in a Test innings, and 10 wickets in a Test match
  • Lord's is quite famous for having a sloping outfield, with south-west side of the ground stands almost two and a half metres lower than the north-west side, causing considerable deviation to the ball when bowling
  • Australia held a 76-year winning streak against England at Lord's from 1934 till 2009, when the local lads finally triumphed in the second match of the 2009 Ashes Series
  • While Lord's is almost exclusively a cricketing venue, it also houses a full-length tennis court and during World War I, featured a charity baseball match between an American and Canaditan team
  • The longest running cricket fixture at Lord's (an older ground, not the current ground) is the annual match between Eton College and Harrow School, since 1805
  • With all this history, legacy, fixtures and events, Lord's remains the true 'Home of Cricket'

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