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The Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) are a cricket team based in Pune, Maharashtra, India that plays in the Indian Premier League starting 2016. The team along with Gujarat Lions will feature as two-season replacements for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who are suspended for two seasons due to the involvement in illegal betting by their respective owners. The franchise is owned by RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group controlled by Sanjiv Goenka. The team name was announced on 18 January 2016 by Goenka in Kolkata and Raghu Iyer was appointed CEO.Team Members
The Rising Pune Supergiants' home ground is the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. However, controversies arose over holding 2016 IPL games in Maharashtra due to water usage of the cricket stadiums during severe drought and the Bombay High Court ordered all matches in May to be shifted out of the state. On 15 April 2016, it was reported that the Rising Pune Supergiants were considering the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam as an alternate home ground.
The official merchandise is provided by SEVEN and the principal shirt sponsor is Kent RO Systems. Spykar, Gulf Oil, Gemini Oil, Finolex Pipes, LYF Smartphones, DBS Bank and Marriott International are the associated sponsors for 2016 season. They also signed tournament partners such as OLA, Kingfishers, Deakin University, New India Assurance, Gourmet Renaissance and Fan Garage.
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The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium is a cricket stadium located at Gahunje near Pune, Maharashtra, India.
It served as the home stadium for the Maharashtra cricket team including headquarters for the Maharashtra Cricket Association and Indian Premier League team Rising Pune Supergiants.
With India having the largest cricket audience in the world and Indian influence in international cricket growing, the MCA decided a new stadium was needed. Hopkins Architects of London was commissioned to design a new 37,000 seat stadium in Pune and the stadium was the result.
MCA stadium from outside
The MCA Stadium was inaugurated in April 2012 and the first match was played between Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors in April 2012. The first 20-20 International match at the stadium was played between India and England in December 2012.
The MCA's decision to build a new Cricket stadium in Pune stemmed from a dispute with the Pune Municipal Corporation, regarding ticket allocations for Nehru Stadium. This conflict came to a head when an international match between India and Sri Lanka was moved to Kolkata, with the MCA stating they were in no position to host the match. Following this, the MCA decided a new stadium was needed.
MCA Pune was inaugurated by the then ICC President and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on 1 April 2012.
In 2013, the Indian company Sahara India Pariwar bought the naming rights and the stadium was renamed the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. However, the name was changed back to the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium because Sahara paid only a part of the Rs. 200 crore that it had promised when acquiring the rights.
In November 2015, the stadium was selected one of the six new Test venue along with Holkar Stadium, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in India.
The stadium was designed by British architecture company, Hopkins Architects. Its original completion date was November 2010 at a cost of Rs 1.50 billion, covering and area of 35 acres (140,000 m2). However, the stadium was ready by 2012. As a result, the stadium was not able to host ICC Cricket World Cup matches as originally intended.
The site is located close the Mumbai Pune Expressway, just outside the city of Pune, with dramatic views of the surrounding mountains.
The stadium and the seating arrangement have been designed in such a way that an unobstructed view is assured from each location.
The most important feature of this stadium is the rainwater drainage system. Many times, matches are abandoned, due to heavy downpour.To overcome this problem, MCA opted for sand-based outfield developed departmentally with technical assistance from STRI Limited, UK Due to this technology, even during the heavy showers, water on the outfield drained out fast making it ready for play again just in few minutes. Fanart