Galle Cricket Stadium
Situated at the foot of the historical Dutch Fort and bordered by the Indian Ocean by two sides, Galle International Cricket Stadium is considered to be one of the most scenic cricket grounds in the world.
Built in the year 1876 as a race course, horse racing gave way to cricket, slowly but steadily and by the early 20th Century the grounds were declared as the cricket stadium of Galle Cricket Club. Having grown into a full-fledged cricket ground through the years, Galle Cricket Stadium hosted its first class domestic match on February 29, 1984, and its first international test match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in 1998.
Considered heaven for Spin bowlers, the ground is considered lucky for the Sri Lankan team during international matches, an urban legend being fueled by the fact that the home team won more than half of the test matches that had been held at the stadium.
Following the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, the stadium was rebuilt and several new buildings including a new pavilion and a media centre were added. Today the ground covers an area of 4.216 hectares and includes three indoor practice and four outdoor nets and can house nearly 35,000 spectators.
A favourite among many local and global cricket fans, the Galle Cricket Stadium is nearly 1 km from Galley52 and 3 km from Galle town.