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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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  • I went to see England play against South Africa some years ago.I enjoyed the match even though England lost badly. I did find that it was very busy when we went for drinks and food ,you had to line up...  more »
  • There was no cricket on when I passed, but this is the iconic centre of cricket in Barbados where so many world class players have entertained an adoring public 
  • excellent international cricket grounds. loved the atmosphere. had to pay a backhander to the security guy to see inside as there were no yours on a saturday. 
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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.