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Plans in place for Sri Lanka’s biggest cricket stadium

Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga looks on during a one day international match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the R.Premadasa Stadium on July 26, 2019 (by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the government have revealed plans to develop the country’s biggest cricket stadium in the town of Homagama, Colombo District.

The first phase will involve the development of a 40,000-capacity ground which will be Colombo’s second floodlit facility after R. Premadasa Stadium. The second phase would expand the ground to a capacity of 60,000.

The stadium is expected to be completed within three years, with SLC president Shammi Silva stating that it will cost between $30m (€27.8m) and $40m.

Information Communications Technology, Higher Education, Technology and Innovation Minister Bandula Gunawardena said, according to Sri Lankan newspaper Daily News: “The stadium will be constructed on a 26-acre site with a total seating capacity of 60,000 to accommodate the fans and a stadium which can host day and night matches.

“As the first phase of this stadium, capacity will be provided to accommodate around 40,000 fans. The second phase will provide seating capacity for 20,000 with the best facilities.”

Sri Lanka currently has eight international-standard cricket stadiums in Kandy, Galle, Colombo, Hambantota, Dambulla, Pallekele and Moratuwa.