Sawai Mansingh Cricket Stadium is located in Rambagh circle, Jaipur. The foundation was laid during the sovereignty of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, hence the name of the stadium. This princely SMS stadium is established in the year 1969 with a total seating capacity of 30000. The wide stadium is owned by Rajasthan State Sports Council and managed by Rajasthan Cricket Association. This notable stadium is the home ground for Rajasthan Royals team of IPL. This iconic ground has the pride to begin the most victorious opening pair of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar for the first time.
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The first and only test match witnessed by SMS is between India and Pakistan in February 1987. This test match was ended in a draw due to heavy rain happened on the third day of the match and huge raise of sawdust on the wicket lead to quitting the game. The first ODI happened in SMS is also between India and Pakistan in October 1983. The various strands of SMS are named after famous international cricketers and Rajasthan Royals team players to felicitate their achievements. They have named after Rahul Dravid(India), Dinesh Salunke, Kevon Cooper, Munaf Patel, Naman Ojha, Shane Warne, Graeme Smith, Brad Hodge and Pravin Tambe.
Past IPL Matches
This classic stadium holds the prestige of producing cherishing moments for famous cricketers like Virat Kholi achieved his fastest 100 for India against Australia ODI match. This achievement marked the second-highest hunt in ODIs, next to Johannesburg record in the match between Australia and South Africa. The highest yet individual notch up of 183runs was achieved in this SMS ground by MS Dhoni in ODI against Sri Lanka.
Upcoming IPL Matches In Sawai Mansingh Stadium
The special tournaments recorded in SMS stage are ICC World Cup matches of 1987 and 1996; Women’s Asia Cup of 2006 and ICC Champions Trophy of 2006. Jaipur’s prominent Cricketing emporium become much active after the renovation work held at the ground in 2006. The ground has grabbed name in one of the finest stadiums in India, after Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural IPL match held in 2008. The stadium was renovated at the cost of Rs.400 crore for building world-class amenities included Cricket academy, 2 new blocks, media centres and latest facilities. This drastically changed the dull complex stadium into challenging stadium for players.
The ticket prices for the SMS stadium are as follows with respect to the latest IPL matches. The rate starts from Rs.500 to Rs. 12000. Rs.500 for East Stand 1, 2 &3, Rs.850 for Rahul Dravid Lounge, Graeme Smith Lounge and President boxes, Rs.1200 for North East Stand 1&2 and North-West Stand 1&2, Rs. 1500-1800 for South West stand 1&2 and South East Stand 1&2, Rs.2080 for East Lawn 1&2, North East Lawn and North West Lawn, Rs.5000 for Munaf Patel box and Naman Ojha Rooftop, Rs.8000 for James Faulkner lounge, Rs.10000 for Pravin Tambe Room and Brad Hodge Room, Rs.11000 for Shane Warne Gallery and Rs.12000 for North East stand 1&2 and North West stand 1&2.
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