Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

Brampton Poised to Become North America’s Cricket Capital: MP Shafqat Ali Leads Talks on Sports Tourism

Mr. Shafqat Ali, Member of Parliament for Brampton Centre, had a productive meeting with Minister of Tourism Soraya Martinez Ferrada and Mayor Patrick Brown to discuss the growth of sports tourism, particularly cricket, in Brampton and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The discussions highlighted the incredible potential for cricket tourism and the promising future it holds for the community. The City of Brampton is solidifying its position as the Cricket Capital of North America.

On June 15, 2023, the Brampton City Council approved additional enhancements to the city’s cricket infrastructure to support the sport’s continued growth and the vision of becoming the “Cricket Capital of North America.”

“Cricket has emerged as one of North America’s fastest-growing and highest-viewed sports, and in Brampton, it is booming! We are thrilled to welcome back the Global T20 Canada Tournament to Brampton this year, drawing international attention and inspiring our local community cricket organizations and fans. Investing in access and enhancements, especially for youth development, is crucial as the sport continues to unite, grow, and thrive in our community,” says Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton.

Cricket is one of the fastest-growing sports in Canada, and Brampton’s dynamic cricket amenities have supported local players’ development. Local non-profit leagues such as the Brampton Cricket League (BCL) and Brampton Etobicoke District Cricket League (BEDCL) have created a strong foundation for the sport. The city hosts 42 unique seasonal organizations, tournaments, and individuals who book over 14,000 hours of field time.

“Brampton’s dedication to cricket is a testament to our city’s commitment to sports tourism and community engagement. The investments we are making in cricket infrastructure not only enhance the quality of life for our residents but also position Brampton as a leading destination for cricket in North America. I look forward to seeing the continued growth and success of cricket in our region,” mentioned Shafqat Ali, Member of Parliament, Brampton Centre.

Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5; Chair, Community Services, City of Brampton added, “The City of Brampton is a growing hub for cricket users, partnerships, facilities, and events. We are incredibly proud of the global recognition our local community has achieved. Continued investment in enhancing our local cricket infrastructure will ensure we meet our community’s current needs while supporting future talent to grow within the sport.”

Over the past three years, Brampton has invested more than $2,000,000 in over 20 cricket amenities enhancements and allocated $7,000,000 for future projects. Notable developments include fully lit cricket fields at Turner Fenton Secondary School, Creditview Sandalwood Park, and three new fields at Gore Meadows East Community Park. The city is committed to creating more opportunities and enhancing fields, including potential year-round winterization of amenities.

Brampton will host the 2023 Global T20 (GT20) Cricket Tournament from July 20 to August 6 at the Brampton Sports Park, CAA Centre Sports and Entertainment Complex. The GT20 is an annual tournament featuring top North American players and international cricket stars. Brampton previously hosted the tournament in 2019, drawing national and international audiences.

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