R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has been titled as the ‘Home of Sri Lankan Cricket’ and it truly is. With a seating capacity of 35,000 spectators, exceeding that of Lord’s, it is the largest cricket stadium in Sri Lanka. This place has been host to several notable Tests, ODIs as well as T20s. Surely a place to be visited in Colombo, even if you are not a cricket buff.
The stadium has been named after late Sri Lankan president Ranasinghe Premadasa, under whose orders it was constructed. Opened in February 1986, the first match played here was between Sri Lank ‘B’ team and England ‘B’ team. Two months later the inaugural ODI was played between Sri Lank and New Zealand; whereas the first Test Match, played between Sri Lanka and Australia was hosted in 1992.
Matches to Remember
This stadium is best remembered for the highest Test total ever made. Sri Lanka scored a whopping 952/6 declared against India in 1997. Former captain Sanath Jayasuriya scored 340 and Roshan Mahanama 225.
The pavilions have two-tier seating systems, with several corporate boxes built in. The grandstand built opposite the score board and top level blocks have high quality seating arrangements. In preparations for the 2011 World Cup, the stadium underwent significant renovations.
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