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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.Oval Redevelopment 2005–2007Structures 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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  • On a cruise and found out that there was a 20/20 International between West Indies/Pakistan. As this was on our cruise ships change over day we abandoned our beach plans and went off in search of Kens...  more »
  • Missed the one day international by at couple of weeks so we decided to take a tour round the ground, thoroughly enjoyed the tour, lasts about 30 minutes and you go into the presidential quarters and ...  more »
  • Cruised around the carribian and looked at a few cricket Grounds on the way also in Barbados saw where Tiger woods stay for his honeymoon !!!!!  more »
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  • Lovely place and nice to visit for a cricket match. I was even welcomed to the vip boxes. Great service. I felt safe all the way.
  • The Mecca of Caribbean Cricket. Also the scene for the Pic-o-de Crop Calypso Monarch finals. If you like Calypso, this is the place to be for the Crop Over Festival.
  • It seemed like a nice enough facility. I don't typically attend sports events, but it seemed like a good place to go if that is your thing.
  • Great atmosphere for cricket. Could be cleaner. Long lines for concessions
  • Great atmosphere, food and drink stalls around the edge with souvenirs available. Nowhere takes card so bring some cash.