Uttarakhand gets its first international cricket stadium in chilly December of 2016. The construction of the stadium was on for the past three to four years, but the stadium finally got inaugrated on 16th December 2016, in the presence of international cricketers like Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar. The stadium was named as Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
Location of the stadium - The stadium is located in the raipur area of DehraDun on Thano road. The stadium is strategically located since it is well connected to Jolly Grant Airport, Rishikesh, Haridwar and DehraDun. The stadium is located at a distance of just 8 km from clock tower Dehradun and the local vikram and bus service going in the direction of Raipur, should be utilized to reach there.
For the people, who wish to reach stadium from Jolly Grant Airport, they need not reach the stadium via DehraDun city. There is a new Thano road, which goes via forests and is very less congested as compared to DehraDun Rishikesh road.
People who wish to travel to Rishikesh or Haridwar from stadium also need not go via DehraDun city. Instead they can take the Thano route.
The current location where the stadium is located is scarcely populated and is mostly surrounded by greenery. The greenery, which is the speciality of DehraDun. But it is expected, that with the construction of international stadium, the locality is expected to develop in no time. The area is already in the horizon of real estate investors, which at one end will develop the locality while at the same time kill the flora and fauna of the city.
It is expected that the stadium will host the IPL matches in the coming years, which will boost the travel and tourism business of the state.