Kingsmead Cricket Ground

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Sahara Kingsmead
Panoramic view of the Kingsmead
Kingsmead logo.jpg
Ground information
Location Durban, South Africa
Coordinates 29°51′0.21″S 31°1′40.13″E / 29.8500583°S 31.0278139°E / -29.8500583; 31.0278139Coordinates: 29°51′0.21″S 31°1′40.13″E / 29.8500583°S 31.0278139°E / -29.8500583; 31.0278139
Capacity 25,000
Tenants KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins
End names
Umgeni End
Old Fort End
International information
First Test 18 January 1923: South Africa v England
Last Test 26 December 2013: South Africa v India
First ODI 17 December 1992: South Africa v India
Last ODI 8 December 2013: South Africa v India
Domestic team information
KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins (2003–present)
As of 4 January 2014
Source: ESPNCricinfo

Kingsmead is a cricket ground in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It operates under the sponsorship-based name of Sahara Stadium Kingsmead where Sahara is the trademark of a sponsor from the IT industry. Its stated capacity is 25,000,[1] although grass terracing makes up part of the viewing area. The 'end names' are the Umgeni End (north) and the Old Fort Road End (south). It is the home ground of the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins.

When a Test series is played in South Africa, the ground usually hosts the Boxing Day Test.


The venue hosted the first home Test for the South African cricket team after re-admission into international cricket and also hosted the Test against the English cricket team in 1939, which lasted from the third to the thirteenth of March and was called off over fears that the English would miss their ship home.

The first Test match to be played here was between South Africa and England on 18 January 1923, which resulted in a draw.

It has been renowned as a seamers wicket, and there is also a famous myth regarding how the tide affects batting conditions, as the ground is quite close to the beach. Many batting collapses in matches in the past have jokingly been blamed on changes in the tide.

Kingsmead's easterly location – but within the same timezone as the rest of South Africa – means it is prone to bad light and the humid climate can result in powerful thunderstorms. The ground incorporates traditional grass banks, as well as towering modern stands. Being in the centre of Durban makes it accessible by public transport, or on foot, but parking is limited.


The stadium is used every other year for the finish of the Comrades Marathon, an ultramarathon run annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Because the marathon alternates directions each year, it only finishes in Durban in odd-numbered years.

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  1. ^ Stadiums in South Africa. World Stadiums. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.