Sunday/ cricket on Long Island 🏏

They roared at every big play, shouting and waving signs and flags. They ate South Asian food sold at the concession stands, jumped, chanted, high-fived with fellow supporters and — after a bit of rain — soaked up the sunshine on a historic day at the usually quiet park.

“It was electric,” said Chandu Talla, an India fan and entrepreneur from Tampa, Fla., who came to the match with his son Aryan, a high school junior. “We paid $2,500 per ticket and no regrets,” he added. “It was a dream come true to see India here.”
– David Waldstein reporting for the New York Times, from a temporary stadium for 34,000 set up in the grassy southeastern corner of Eisenhower Park in Long Island.

The temporary stadium was built in 3 months for the biannual T20 Cricket World Cup match between perennial archrivals India and Pakistan. India started slow but came back strong to win, 119-113. [Picture from the online edition of New York Times].
The stadium in East Meadow, N.Y., was built in 100 days and will be taken apart after the tournament. There are three more matches scheduled in New York, with the final one on Wednesday between India and the United States. The stadium will then be dismantled and the pieces sent out to other sporting events around the country.
[Photo by Yuvraj Khanna for The New York Times]

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