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Cricket fans across New Jersey who have been waiting for the historic ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup – the time has come.

For the first time, matches in this tournament will be played in the United States, including eight at the newly constructed Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in East Meadow, Long Island.

The first match at the new venue will take place on Monday, with Sri Lanka playing South Africa at 10.30am. The most anticipated match will be old rivals and geographical neighbors India and Pakistan on June 9, also at 10:30 am

What will it be like for cricket fans coming from the Garden State to watch the world’s second most popular sport in their corner of the world? It can be exciting but also hectic when you consider that the trip to Nassau County is only part of the journey to the stadium.

And what about those who didn’t get a ticket for the T20 World Cup? The good news is that tickets are still available, but they aren’t cheap. There is also the option to watch on TV and in some public locations for those fans who cannot make the trip.

NorthJersey.com has put together a guide for both participants and non-participants.

The matches in person

Eight matches will take place at the 34,000-seat Nassau County International Cricket Stadium.

The matches will take place between June 3 and 12 and will all start at 10:30 am: Sri Lanka vs. South Africa (June 3), India vs. Ireland (June 5), Canada vs. Ireland (June 7), Netherlands vs South Africa (June 8), India vs Pakistan (June 9), South Africa vs Bangladesh (June 10), Pakistan vs Canada (June 11) and USA vs India (June 12) .

Tickets for these matches are still available on the T20 World Cup website for prices ranging from $60 for Canada vs Ireland, while seats for India vs Pakistan in the main sections of the stadium cost as much as $10,000. You’ll have better luck getting cheaper tickets on Stubhub (minimum $27 for Canada vs. Ireland, minimum $877 for India vs. Pakistan).

How to get to Nassau County International Cricket Stadium?

If you have tickets for T20 World Cup matches at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, plan to leave the house early enough to account for rush hour traffic.

If you enter The Record/NorthJersey.com Woodland Park address into Google Maps as your starting destination, you will see that the trip can take anywhere from 1 hour and 10 minutes to 2 hours and 10 minutes.

The gates of the cricket stadium open at 8:30 am

Parking is available near the stadium, but visitors must purchase a parking pass before match day to access the car park. Parking tickets cost $40 for general parking at the Nassau Coliseum lot and $200 for VIP parking at the Lannin wedding venue, located next to the cricket stadium. Parking will also be available at Nassau County Community College. The parking lots open at 8 a.m

A free shuttle runs from the Nassau Coliseum loading area in nearby Uniondale for those who can’t walk the half-hour to the stadium.

The best way for New Jersey fans to avoid the traffic is to take the NJ Transit train to Penn Station in Manhattan or take the PATH train to 33rd Street in Manhattan and then walk a few blocks west to Penn Station . Then take the Long Island Railroad train from Penn Station to Huntington and get off at the Westbury stop (45-minute trip). The Nassau Inter-County Express provides shuttle service ($2.90 each way for adults, $1.45 for children and those requiring ADA accommodations) from 8:30 a.m. on game day between the Westbury station and the stadium until 2 hours after the event.

Security for the matches

Please note that safety measures are in place for matches at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. Nassau County Police Chief Patrick J. Ryder said at a news conference Wednesday that a threat was made against the World Cup in April by a group linked to the terrorist organization ISIS-K. That was followed by more specific threats against the India-Pakistan match, calling for a ‘lone wolf’ attack.

Nassau County officials announced the following actions:

  • No bags are allowed in the stadium and no drones are allowed to fly overhead.
  • Visitors must pass through metal detectors when entering the stadium.
  • Eisenhower Park, where the stadium is located, is closed to the public from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the World Cup. Several streets around the park will also be closed.

How to watch cricket matches during the T20 World Cup

No ticket. Don’t feel like making the trip to Long Island. Then there are other options to watch the matches.

The ICC or International Cricket Council, cricket’s governing body responsible for the T20 World Cup and the construction of the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, has set up nine public fan parks in five countries where matches will be shown.

One of those fan parks will be in the Oculus in the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Starting Saturday through June 12, and then reopening on June 29, North Oculus Plaza on Church Street will allow fans to watch 18 matches, including the much-anticipated showdown between India and Pakistan on June 9 and the T20 World Cup Final on June 9. June 29 in Barbados.

The WTC fan park usually opens one hour before the start of the matches. The schedule for the fan parks can be found on the ICC website. RSVP for game viewings via Eventbrite.

For those who prefer to enjoy first-class cricket from the comfort of their own home, Willow TV will be the event’s only cable channel in the United States and Canada. Television providers that offer Willow TV include DISH, Sling, FIOS, Spectrum, Xfinity, Optimum and Optimum TV.

The commentators for the matches include former cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar and Lisa Sthalekar, veteran journalists like Harsha Bhogle, and a newcomer, New Jersey-born James O’Brien, known in the sports media world as Jomboy, who hosts several baseball podcasts. and has been posting cricket commentary videos in recent years.

Ricardo Kaulessar covers race, immigration and culture for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the top news from your local community, subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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