Planned Allen cricket stadium could be first of many

A 15,000-seat cricket stadium planned for Allen could be the first of 8 U.S. venues designed to help a Philadelphia developer translate his love of the sport into stateside zeal.

The newly-formed CricRealty Company, Dallas this week announced Allen as the first of the proposed sites for professional cricket stadiums.

The Allen stadium would be part of a more than 60-acre mixed-use development and would include as one of its backers, Donnie Nelson, general manager of the Dallas Mavericks. The project also includes McKinney-based Thakkar Developers, is a mixed-use developer.

Plans for the project is still coming together and Nelson’s precise role “will be defined later,” said Jignesh “Jay” Pandya, chairman of The CricRealty Company and of Pennsylvania-based Global Sports Ventures.

“We’ve worked in a lot of different cities but the city of Allen has embraced us with open arms,” said Pandya, adding that the project is a few months away from getting all of the necessary municipal permits.

Karen Robinson-Jacobs, Real Estate Reporter

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