Gaddafi Stadium, formerly known as Lahore Stadium, is a cricket stadium in Lahore, Pakistan, and the home ground of the Lahore Qalandars. It is owned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). With a capacity of 27,000, it is the fourth-largest cricket stadium in Pakistan. Gaddafi Stadium was the first in Pakistan to be equipped with modern floodlights that have their own backup power generators. The headquarters of the Pakistan Cricket Board is situated in the Gaddafi Stadium, making it the home of the Pakistan national cricket team.
It was designed by Russian-born Pakistani architect and civil engineer Nasreddin Murat-Khan, and built by Mian Abdul Khaliq and Company in 1959. The stadium was renovated for the 1996 Cricket World Cup when it hosted the final.
In addition to Pakistan’s home matches and international matches, Gaddafi Stadium has also hosted several Pakistan Super League matches, the first being the final of the 2017 edition. In March 2022, the PCB started the process to change the name of the Gaddafi Stadium after the name of a new sponsor for economic reasons.
|Home Teams:||Lahore Qalandars|
Gaddafi Stadium History
The stadium was built in 1959 and was designed by the architect and civil engineer Nasreddin Murat-Khan and the construction was completed by Mian Abdul Khaliq and Company. It was originally established as the Lahore Stadium.
In 1974, the land was renamed after former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi following a speech he gave at the 2nd meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Lahore in favor of Pakistan’s right to develop nuclear weapons. On October 23, 2011, the Pakistan Cricket Board discussed renaming the stadium after Gaddafi’s death, to support the new government in Libya. The Punjab Olympic Association made a similar request in late October 2011 to the provincial head of government. Association secretary Idrees Haider Khawaja said: “I don’t think his profile is inspiring enough to be linked to the identity of our cricket stadium.” However, the name of the stadium was not changed.
In 1995-1996, architect Nayyar Ali Dada, who graduated from the National College of Arts, renovated Gaddafi Stadium for the 1996 Cricket World Cup. Dada’s redesign was done with hand-laid red bricks and arches. Dada also had plastic seats installed in place of the existing concrete benches. The lower part under the stands was closed off and converted into shops for boutiques and offices. Gaddafi Stadium, being the largest cricket stadium in Pakistan, used to have a capacity of 65,250, until the redesign of its venues reduced the capacity to 27,000.
Gaddafi Stadium has a seating capacity of 27,000.
Gaddafi Stadium Seating Plan
- Most runs scored by a team in an inning: 765/6 by Sri Lanka against Pakistan in 2009.
- Most runs scored by a team in a match: 952/6 by Sri Lanka against Pakistan in 2009.
- Most runs scored by a player in a match: 380 by Brian Lara for West Indies against Pakistan in 2006.
- Most wickets were taken by a player in a match: 8/49 by Wasim Akram for Pakistan against England in 1987.
- Most wickets were taken by a player in a series: 17 by Waqar Younis for Pakistan against West Indies in 1990.
Gaddafi Stadium pitch report
In recent years, the pitch has been known to produce high-scoring matches, with teams often scoring big totals. However, it is also known to have some variable bounce and inconsistent pace, which can make it challenging for the batsmen at times.
It is worth noting that the pitch conditions may vary depending on the time of year and the weather conditions, so it’s always important to check the latest pitch report before a match.
There is also street parking available in the surrounding areas, but it can be limited and often crowded during matches. Many visitors opt to park their cars at nearby neighborhoods and walk to the stadium.