Major League Cricket (MLC) will make history this week with the first professional US season starting in Grand Prairie.
The historic night will feature an array of entertainment, including a drone show showcasing the league’s six teams, an aerobatic aerial display from a GB1 GameBird, and a post-game fireworks show.
What is cricket?
The sport was created in England back in 1725 and is played widely across the world. Cricket is similar to baseball in that it’s a bat-and-ball game played between two teams. Teams can score runs by hitting the ball thrown by a player on the opposing team, across the boundary.
If you need a better explainer (because we did) — watch this video.
The style of cricket that will be played is called Twenty20 — one of the three current forms of cricket recognized as the highest international level by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
What will the season look like?
A total of 19 matches will take place over two weeks with 11 played in Grand Prairie and eight played in North Carolina.
Six teams — from Texas, Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington, New York, and San Francisco — will compete in a 15-match, round-robin group stage, with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs to determine the ultimate champion.
The MLC Championship Finals will be played at Grand Prairie Stadium on Sunday, July 30.
How can I watch the home team?
The Texas Super Kings will call the stadium at 1600 Lone Star Pkwy. home. The venue was initially used by the Texas AirHogs — a minor league baseball team — between 2008-2020.
Tickets are going quickly with a high chance of sellouts for future games. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets now to ensure the best seats and ticket prices.