San Francisco, a city known for its victorious sports teams, could see another professional franchise enter the fray—a cricket team. A new initiative led by Global Sports Ventures hopes to bring cricket—a bat-and-ball game originating from England and featured in many British period pieces as seen on PBS—to the United States. And in a country that’s fed on football, while eschewing soccer, it’s a risky move.
The group plans to launch a new cricket league starting with franchises in eight major U.S. cities, including Chicago. According to a press release, Global Sports Ventures will partner with developer JLL to bring new stadiums to all eight cities, which include Chicago, New York, East Brunswick, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Orlando, and Dallas.
“The prototypical stadium complex will comprise a cricket stadium, parking, club house, restaurants, hotels, retail, residential, and office space,” says a press release for Global Sports Ventures. “Each development will be individually designed to create an exciting and interactive lifestyle center while generating significant economic impact for each city. Global Sports Ventures LLC estimates the first eight stadiums and surrounding development will represent a $2.4 billion investment and create approximately 17,000 jobs.”
Sites for each city have yet to be announced or determined. However, with a targeted U.S. Cricket League launch for 2020, they had better get moving. As it stands, the Chase Center, future home of the Golden State Warriors underway in Mission Bay, is the city’s newest and largest sports facility in production
Also of note, the Bay Area already has its own cricket group, the Bay Area Cricket Alliance (BACA), which formed in 1999.
- Chicago is getting a professional cricket team and stadium [Chicago Curbed]
- D.C. may get a multi-million dollar cricket stadium [Curbed DC]