King County Council has unanimously passed a motion of support to develop a Major Cricket League (MLC) facility at Marymoor Park, the county’s oldest, largest and most popular park.
“As our region develops, we are seeing an increased interest in cricket, which is one of the most popular sports in the world. I can’t think of a better location for a world-class cricket ground than East King County and especially Marymoor Park,” said King County Council President Claudia Balducci. “I am delighted to be working with the community and our municipal partners to determine if we can bring the joy of cricket to Marymoor.”
Marymoor Cricket Community Park would span 20 acres and host professional cricket events including the MLC, US National Team and potentially the World Cup. Additionally, the cricket ground would host league and tournament matches within the local community, such as youth and adult cricket matches.
“Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world and establishing a facility here in King County is a great opportunity not only for professional events but also for the local community and fans to play. and engage,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said. “I look forward to working with partners to support this potential addition to the sporting fabric of our region.”
King County and the greater Puget Sound area are home to three adult cricket leagues, with over 3,500 members. Youth cricket programs have over 500 participants and 200 matches per year. The upcoming cricket ground would remedy the lack of first class cricket facilities in the area.
The Marymoor cricket ground would not only provide space for players to indulge in their craft, but it would also increase tourism and global exposure to the county, thereby increasing the economy.
The venue will have a lightweight grass berm design including a pavilion, digital scoreboard, light and broadcast towers and restrooms. The grassy lawn would create a community and picnic-style setting where individuals could watch games.
The venue’s spectator capacity ranges from 4,000 to 6,000, with the ability to accommodate over 10,000 people for larger events.
“Major League Cricket has been incredibly impressed with the passion for cricket shown by the community in King County and the greater Seattle area, which has one of the largest participation bases for the sport in the country,” said Sameer Mehta, co-founder of MLC. “We are grateful to all members of King County Council and the towns of Bellevue and Redmond for their unanimous support of this project which will mean so much to the thousands of cricket fans in the area.”
MLC will work with the City of Bellevue and King County to review site due diligence and develop a plan. Construction is expected to begin in 2023.