Largest cricket stadium in Sri Lanka to be built
2020-05-18 at 09:53
Minister Bandula Gunawardana says construction activities of the proposed largest cricket stadium in the country, in Diyagama, Homagama will commence shortly.
The stadium which will have a seating capacity for 60,000 spectators will also be able to host day-and-night matches.
The stadium is set to be built in two stages.
Speaking to media following an observational tour of the land on which the stadium is set to be built, Minister Gunawardana claimed the good governance government had removed all signboards of the Homagama Mahinda Rajapaksa International Sports Ground and brought the development to a halt.
The Minister added after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected, under the programme to recommence development activities that had been sabotaged, 26 acres of the Sports Ground in Diyagama, Homagama was allocated to Sri Lanka Cricket Board, to establish the biggest Cricket stadium in Sri Lanka.
Minister Bandula Gunawardana noted plans have been formulated to complete the construction within three years.
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene, however, wasn’t too pleased with the announcement.
He said in a tweet, “We don’t even play enough international cricket or domestic first-class cricket in the existing stadiums we have … Do we need another one?”
Sri Lanka has eight international cricket venues in Kandy, Colombo, Galle, Dambulla, Hambantota, Pallekele and Moratuwa.