Owners of Major League Cricket (MLC) a new Twenty20 competition set to be launched in the United States in 2022, have received approval to redevelop an old baseball stadium into a venue dedicated to the sport.
American Cricket Enterprises (ACE), the parent company of the MLC, and USA Cricket have revealed plans to turn the AirHogs Stadium in Grand Prairie in Texas into an 8,000-seater cricket stadium.
ACE and USA Cricket, the governing body for the sport in the country, have asked design firm HKS to repurpose the venue so it can host matches in the MLC and minor league cricket.
It is set to be home to the Texas franchise in the inaugural edition of MLC, and will also provide a base for the US national team.
The redevelopment of the venue is scheduled to take place throughout 2021 with a view to the stadium being ready in the spring of 2022, USA Cricket said.
"In association with our partners at ACE, we now have a world-class facility to develop our domestic talent and help us fulfil the goals we announced in our Foundational Plan," said USA Cricket chairman Paraag Marathe.
"The successful development of a cricket-dedicated stadium has long been a priority for us, and it is a significant stride forward for the growth of cricket in America.
"We also look forward to bringing international cricket events, and the crowds that go with them, to our new stadium, and to help introduce the sport to a broader audience."
Creating the MLC, the first to-level Twenty20 event to be held in the US, was part of at the 10-year "Foundational Plan" which USA Cricket hopes wIll help the country become a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) by 2030.
USA Cricket became an associate member of the ICC in 2019, after the previous national organisation was expelled owing to governance issues in 2017.