Kensington Oval, Bridgetown

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The Kensington Oval is a stadium located to the west of the capital city Bridgetown on the island of Barbados. It is the pre-eminent sporting facility on the island and is primarily used for cricket. Locally referred to as "The Mecca" of cricket, it has hosted many important and exciting cricket games between local, regional, and international teams during its more than 120-year history.HistoryCricket at the Oval began in 1882 when the Pickwick Cricket Club assumed formal ownership of the ground. The first international match held was in 1895 when Slade Lucas' side visited the island. The first Test match was held in January 1930, when the West Indies and England played to a draw. Since the genesis there have been a total of 43 Test matches played on the Kensington Oval grounds, 21 of those matches won by the West Indian cricket team. The new stadium has been commemorated through two 2007 Barbadian postage stamps.RedevelopmentStructures and facilitiesThe stands of the Kensington Oval were extensively rebuilt for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in a BDS$90M (US$45 Million) redevelopment. Demolition of the old stadium began on schedule in June, 2005 after completion of the first Test against Pakistan. The names of the former stands which made up the Kensington stadium were the George Challenor stand, the Hall and Griffith, the Kensington, the Mitchie Hewitt, the Pickwick, and the Three Ws stand plus the Peter Short Media Centre. Most of these names have been retained.
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  • We were in Barbados for the day as part of our cruise ship itinerary, and as a cricket lover it was a must that I popped down to the Kensington Oval for a first time visit. Unfortunately on the day, t...  more »
  • Went to the first day of the Barbados v. Jamaica match. Plenty of atmosphere despite the low numbers. Food available was good and the drinks and snacks available were quite moderately priced. Nice to ...  more »
  • Be sure to take a photo of the great Sir Garfield Sobers statue while there. In addition to cricket, the oval also holds several events, especially during Crop Over.  more »
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  • Really enjoyed the visit. Not particularly long, 30-45mins but Jenny our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable about the stadium. Visit included a small video presentation, a walk around the stands and across the 'hallowed' turf. A must do for fans of cricket.
  • Very lively experience. The atmosphere is electric
  • A place for local and international cricket if you're a cricket fan!
  • Been to Barbados a few times now, never managed to see a game but have visited the ground. Well worth a visit.
  • No 1 cricket ground in the Caribbean and the oldest in the Caribbean a great history behind it. A must see and visit experience it is simply referred to as the Mecca.
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