Fresno County’s first cricket court is officially open to the public at Madison Elementary.
“We have families from India, Pakistan, Europe and cricket is part of their world,” said Madison Elementary Director Christine Pennington. “Being able to offer this to these families is amazing.”
The Fresno Cricket Club has been advocating for a cricket ground for more than three years, thanks to Central Unified finally done. The stadium will serve dual purposes, providing both an educational opportunity for Central Unified students and a past time for the community.
“Cricket is the second largest sport in the world, but it has no home in Fresno and is played a lot,” said Fresno Cricket Club president Baldev Birk.
For many students across the area, cricket is a well-known favorite for others, it is a new experience that the area hopes to encourage.
“For some of our students, this will be something new for them and they will be very excited about it,” Pennington added.
The Fresno Cricket Club is just one club planning to use the stadium.
“There are already 12 games scheduled for the rest of the summer,” Baldev said. “We will be out here on Saturdays playing, so it is open to the community. After school, anyone can go out and play here if they want to.”
In recent years, the team travels to different areas to play.
“The league we play is in the Bay Area because there just is not enough space to host in Fresno,” Baldev said.
The stadium is located next to the Madison Elementary football field on South Brawley Avenue. The project cost $ 10,000 and was funded by the district.
Madison Elementary School students will use the field on a daily basis. In addition, the Fresno Cricket Club already has plans for the stadium. They will play their first game there on Saturday 23 April.
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