R. Premadasa Stadium

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Basic facts about the ground:

  • Location: Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Established: 1986
  • Owner: Sri Lanka Cricket
  • Stadium Capacity: 35,000
  • First Test: 28 August 1992 (Sri Lanka vs Australia)
  • First ODI: 9 March 1986 (Sri Lanka vs Pakistan)
  • First T20I: 10 February 2009 (Sri Lanka vs India)
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

A view of a stand at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka
(Picture: Wikipedia, Author: Sachinta Wijayatunga)

The Premadasa Stadium, earlier known as the Khettarama Stadium, is one of the most important and prolific cricket grounds in Sri Lanka today. A brainchild of the former Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa, this venue is now the largest cricket ground in Sri Lanka. It has already hosted over 100 One Day International matches.

A Brief History of the Ground:

Ranasinghe Premadasa

Ranasinghe Premadasa

The place where the Premadasa Stadium stands today used to be a swampland used by monks going across to the Khettarama Temple which now stands close to the ground.

Sri Lanka had only recently been granted Test status when the stadium was conceived. Realizing that for the growth of Sri Lankan cricket, it was important that the country have some world class cricket centres, the President of Sri Lanka then, Ranasinghe Premadasa commissioned the construction of this stadium. It was then designed to hold an audience of about 14,000.

The inaugural match at the ground was played on 2nd February 1986 between an England B side and a Sri Lanka B side.



The Premadasa Stadium has been associated with slow and low wickets, that have not helped in producing results. Often the batsmen have dominated and went on to score big runs.

New Additions / Renovations

In 2003, a new training centre was created behind the stadium with 16 practice wickets and dormitories for the Sony Max Cricket Academy.

For the ICC World Cup 2011, of which Sri Lanka was one of the co-hosts, the ground saw major renovation work. The stadium was beautified and its capacity was increased to 35,000.


Important Records, Matches at the Premadasa Stadium

  • This was the venue where Sri Lanka went on to create the record for the highest team score in an innings of a Test match. In a test match against India in the 1997-98 season, Sri Lanka amassed 952 for 6 declared to erase the decades old record held by England. Sanath Jayasurya top scored for Sri Lanka with a triple century. He and Roshan Mahanama added a record 576 runs for the 2nd wicket.
  • It is only the 4th ground in the world to have hosted over 100 One Day International matches.

ICC World T20 2012:

The Premadasa Stadium will be hosting as many as 15 matches during the ICC World T20 2012 including the semi-finals and the final.