R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPS) (ආර්. ප්රේමදාස ක්රීඩාංගනය, ஆர். பிரேமதாச சர்வதேச கிரிக்கெட் விளையாட்டு மைதானம்; also known as Khettarama Stadium, Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium or simply as the Premadasa Stadium) is a cricket stadium on Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The stadium was, before June 1994, known as the Khettarama Cricket Stadium and is today one of the main venues where the Sri Lankan cricket team play, having hosted more than 100 one day international matches. It is the largest stadium in Sri Lanka with capacity of 35,000 spectators. It has capacity exceeding Lord's Cricket Ground. It is nicknamed "Home of Sri Lankan cricket". It was also the stadium where the highest Test score was scored.Plan to visit R. Premadasa Stadium and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Colombo attractions using our Colombo online trip builder .
Early historyThe stadium is the brainchild of the late Sri Lankan president Ranasinghe Premadasa, who championed the development of this 40,000-seater concrete bowl, the biggest stadium in Sri Lanka. Opened on 2 February 1986 with a 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 it.
Ground historyThe inaugural One Day International was played on 9 March 1986, Sri Lanka v Pakistan. On 28 August 1992 it hosted its inaugural Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia. The venue is best remembered for holding the world record for the highest Test total – 952/6 declared by Sri Lanka against India in 1997/1998 in which former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya scored 340 and Roshan Mahanama 225, the pair sharing a partnership 576 for the second wicket, at that time it was the highest for any wicket in a Test Match. On 10 February 2009 it hosted inaugural T20i match between Sri Lanka & India as well as 1st T20i to be played in Sri Lanka.
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R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium is a cricket stadium on Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka It is the largest stadium in Sri Lanka with capacity of 35,000 more »
It is a bug stadium with varied categories of seating. Accessability is easy and plenty of parking.Around the ground it is well protected and security is available in every gate. Yet the toilets are n... more »
A cricket field is a large grassy ground on which the game of cricket is played. Although generally oval in shape, there is a wide variety within this: some are almost perfect circles, some elongated ovals and some entirely irregular shapes with little or no symmetry – but they will have entirely curved boundaries, almost without exception. There are no fixed dimensions for the field but its diameter usually varies between 450 feet (137 m) and 500 feet (150 m)
Earlier known as Keththarama, R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium is one of the oldest and a biggest stadium in the country. Facilities with all form of games during day and night. Wish to have more parking space, in well organized manner. My recommendation is to take a taxi if you are going, then there is nothing to worry about parking. Maintenance need to be better than this.
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