R. Premadasa Stadium also known as Khettarama Stadium,Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium or simply as the Premadasa Stadium is a cricket stadium situated on Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo
, Sri Lanka
. The stadium was, prior to June 1994, known as the Khettarama Cricket Stadium and is today one of the main venues in which the Sri Lankan cricket team play, having hosted more than 100 one day international matches. It was also the stadium were the highest Test score was scored.
The stadium is the brainchild of the late Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who championed the development of this 35,000-seater concrete bowl, the biggest stadium in Sri Lanka. Opened on February 2, 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 the stadium.
The Premadasa Stadium underwent a reconstruction project in preparation for the 2011 Cricket World
Cup. The Stadium has been undergoing large-scale renovations since 2009. The Stadium has had its seating capacity increase from 14,000 to 35,000, the media-box accommodating 200 journalists, and other various upgrades.The main 4 public stands were refurbished along with the Player dressing room area and the corporate boxes.A VIP car park is situated in the Northern end of the ground.
Pavilions A and B are fully equipped with seating in two tiers,lower and higher.several Corporate boxes .are also built in these two stands. Pavilions C and D are built between the scoreboard in the stadium with two tiered seating system.The lower tiers have concrete paving allocated for floor seating and the upper tier includes fully standard seating blocks.The grand stand and top level block above the player pavilions have enhanced quality seating.
The R Premadasa Stadium hosted seven successful world cup matches including a quarter-final and a semi-final. On 10 May 2011 Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga confirmed that first edition of 2011 Sri Lanka Premier League's matches will play at R Premadasa Stadium. The tournament was later postponed till 2012 due to financial complications and internal regime change at Sri Lanka Cricket.
On 21 September 2011, it was announced that R. Premadasa stadium will host fifteen 2012 ICC World Twenty20 matches, including semi-finals and the final.Since the renovation work has been completed, the Premadasa Stadium's 35,000 capacity creates an intimidating atmosphere for visiting teams.
World Cup Cricket
In 1996 and 2011 ICC cricket world cups R.Premadasa stadium hosted 9 matches including a quarter-final match and a semi-final match. It has hosted the highest number of cricket world cup matches in Sri Lanka.
ICC World Twenty20
Sri Lanka will host the 2012 ICC World Twenty20. Fifteen out of twenty seven matches are due to play in R. Premadasa stadium, including semi-finals and the final. Other matches will be played in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium.