R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

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R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPS) (ආර්. ප්‍රේමදාස ක්‍රීඩාංගනය, ஆர். பிரேமதாச சர்வதேச கிரிக்கெட் விளையாட்டு மைதானம்; 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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  • Decent size ground, capacity around 30,000. Not easy to get to. It’s in the middle of urban chaos. Couldn’t find a ticket office on the day and you couldn’t pay on the door. There is a window for coll...  more »
  • Watching cricket for the first with all my colleague cheering for India Team is a very nice experience. Nice stadium.  more »
  • Had an opportunity a great match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The ambiance was superb. People around are very friendly. I would love to again see a match from this stadium.  more »
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  • One of the best and large cricket stadium in Sri Lanka. It is with ample parking facilities. There are enough wash rooms and toilets. It has minimum standards and recognized by ICC for cricket play.It is enough for nearly forty thousand ( 40,000) spectators. It was renovated in 2011. Seating facilities varies based on the ticket value.
  • International cricket stadium Matches held mostly day and schedule. Highly crowded area in surrounding so eed to reach in advamv6foe conve1
  • Largest international cricket ground in Colombo. Well maintained, spacious and comfortable match watching. But you have to be careful about the thugs at outside of the ground.
  • The largest cricket stadium in Sri Lanka! Was here on a non-match day and the security personnel were kind enough to let me in to have a quick look at the stadium.
  • Beautiful ground. :) But the problem is with the food. You can't get good food there.

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