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R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

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R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPS) (ආර්. ප්‍රේමදාස ක්‍රීඩාංගනය, ஆர். பிரேமதாச ஸ்டேடியம்; 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.HistoryEarly 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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Despite its relatively low cost of living, Colombo accommodations tend to be fairly pricey. Close to the sea and the lake, as well as near the city's parks and the plazas, hotels come in the form of old colonial buildings and ultra-modern high rises, with a decent selection of each to choose from. Budget-conscious travelers should pay attention to the short rental options in the town's more residential areas, or look for the smattering of simple, but serviceable options close to the main train stations, and on the side streets set back from the waterfront.
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  • This is one of the iconic place in Sri Lanka for Cricket lovers. Ex President, Premadasa memorial Stadium located in the middle of the city in Colombo. Fully crowded if there is a match but better to ...  more »
  • R. Premadasa Stadium was originated by the late president Premadasa. It is in the heart of Colombo and was built on a marshy land. It is one of the biggest Cricket grounds and main venue in Sri Lanka....  more »
  • Went there when there as no match. ALthough visitors are not permistted in the stadium durin nin match days the staff were extremely kind to let us in. A great modern stadium located in Khettarama - 3...  more »
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  • Well built Cricket stadium. Fantastic experience for Day and Night ODIs and T20Is. Earlier they played test cricket also. The world record for Highest test inning's total by a team is achieved here. Wonderful atmosphere when it is full. must go place.
  • Sri Lanka's best Cricket stadium. But bad surround. Do not go around. All shanties are outside except few places. However, inside ground somewhat safe. Getting crowded heavily on match days.
  • Great place to watch a match..well organized But the toilets are not good..security is ok.
  • Its an international cricket ground.. atmosphere here is one of a kind when SL is playing
  • Premadasa stadium is one of the most famous ground for international cricket matches. There are very crowed when major matches are going on.