INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The city of Indianapolis announced on Friday that it has canceled its agreement to host the US National Cricket Championships at the World Sports Park this year.
City officials said they decided to terminate the contract after months of inadequate communication with the United States of America Cricket Association that was jeopardizing the success of the tournament, which was scheduled to begin in August.
“Indy greatly values its well-earned reputation of hosting outstanding national and international sporting events. The decision was made to cancel the tournament because factors outside of the city’s control were putting our ability to host a successful tournament at risk,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “The city looks forward to helping grow cricket in the United States and also using the World Sports Park to showcase many other great sports such as soccer, rugby and lacrosse.”
City officials said this decision will not impact the development of the Indianapolis World Sports Park located in a 40-acre section of the Post Road Community Park on Indy’s east side. The $5.1 million park features multiple athletic fields with premiere turf designed to host a number of sports, including: soccer, rugby, hurling, cricket and lacrosse.
Park improvements include multi-sport athletic fields, new parking, sidewalks and a walking path. Construction on the park is expected to be complete in August.
To read the letter from the city to the United States of America Cricket Association, click here.