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Why R. Premadasa Stadium is special ?
R. Premadasa Stadium is a cricket stadium situated on Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The stadium was, prior to June 1994, known as the Khettarama Cricket Stadium and is today one of the main venues in which the Sri Lankan cricket team play, having hosted more than 100 one day international matches. It was also the stadium were the highest test score was scored for multiple sports activities.
The R. Premadasa International Stadium (known prior to June 1994 as the Khetterama Cricket Stadium, after the area of Colombo it stands in) was the brainchild of the late Sri Lanka President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who championed the development of this colossal 30,000-seater concrete bowl, the biggest stadium in the country. Opened on February 2, 1986 with a limited-overs match between a Sri Lanka ‘B’ side and an England ‘B’ team, the stadium was built on swampland previously used by monks ferrying across to the Khettarama temple adjacent to the stadium. The inaugural one-day international was played on April 5, 1986 between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. On August 28, 1992 it hosted its first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia. The venue is best remembered for holding the world record for the highest Test total – 952 for 6 declared by Sri Lanka against India in 1997-98, in which the former Sri Lanka captain SanathJayasuriya scored 340 and RoshanMahanama 225, the pair sharing the highest partnership in Test cricket with 576 for the second wicket. A new training centre was developed behind the stadium with 16 practice pitches and dormitories for the Academy which started in 2003.
What to explore at R. Premadasa Stadium?
List of upcoming cricket matches to be played at Colombo's cricket stadium. Colombo is one of the important venues situated in Sri Lanka and has hosted several matches till now. Check the below list of matches which will be played or schedule to played at Colombo. Schedule and Fixtures at Colombo - Sri Lanka.
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo is an important cricket venue of Sri Lanka for International matches. Below is a full list of upcoming matches at Colombo, Sri Lanka in tabular form. Full schedule and fixtures of Colombo venue. Click on concerned series to check the fixture of that particular series to get the full details of the tournament, tri-series or bilateral series. All matches of Colombo are listed along with local time, gmt time, date, venue and series details.
How to get to R. Premadasa Stadium?
The stadium is in Maligawatte, in what was once a central part of Colombo but is now fairly removed. The stadium itself is somewhat oddly situated with housing projects and temples seemingly within the premises.
The easiest way to get there is to take Baseline Road. You pass the bridge over the rail tracks and then turn left at the next big roundabout, onto Sri Saddama Mawatha, at the Maligawatta Burial Grounds. While there is parking across the street at the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (and at any place that locals feel like renting out), this is not really recommended. It's better to park some distance away and take a trishaw in.
If you do want to park, go through Maradana to the Panchikawatta junction and approach the stadium that way. You can theoretically park at the Cooperative Wholesale place.
- Largest stadium in Srilanka
- Best place to watch cricket
- Best Stadium to watch ODI in Colombo
- Spectacular venue for Cricket
- Historic nostalgia for cricket lovers
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The R. Premadasa Stadium is the biggest cricket stadium in Sri Lanka. It has the capacity to accommodate more than 35,000 spectators at a time. It is also one of the most important and famous cricket stadiums in Sri Lanka, having hosted more than 100 one day internationals. Visit the stadium and get a feel of how it would be like to stand there and cheer for your team !
Awesome place,lovely scenery, the only cricket stadium that I like in Sri Lanka!!!