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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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  • it is very difficult to get to the stadium on time, thru traffic & condition of the road. anyway, we in sri lanka feel that ROAD DEVELOPMENT & TRANSPORT are 2 very sore points that prompt some youngst...  more »
  • Well if you are a cricket fan it makes sense to visit this. Unless there is a match there is no point visiting the place. I wish there were more & better toilets as well as less police presence during...  more »
  • this is one of the best cricket grounds in srilanka. easily accessable and it is like a festivel when there is a match going.  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.
  • One of the best international stadiums in South Asia.. Fantastic view of the ground from any stand. When Sri Lanka plays the atmosphere is electrifying. Couldve been at another location, the traffic to get in and out is exhausting.
  • R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPS) 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.
  • R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPS) (Sinhalese: ආර්. ප්‍රේමදාස ක්‍රීඩාංගනය, Tamil: ஆர். பிரேமதாச ஸ்டேடியம்; also known as Khettarama Stadium, Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium or simply as the Premadasa Stadium) is a cricket stadium[3] 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.
  • One of the best cricket grounds in Sri Lanka. The view is fabulous and the tickets are priced very fairly. Parking is not enough and it's advisable to park your vehicle somewhere nearby and watch the match since it will be really crowded during a match day. Some of the chairs in upper blocks are broken.