Providence Stadium

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Providence Stadium
Providence Stadium outside.jpg
Providence Stadium in Guyana
Ground information
Location Providence, Guyana
Establishment 2006
Capacity 15,000[1]
Owner Government of Guyana
Operator Guyana Cricket Board
Tenants Guyana cricket team
Guyana Amazon Warriors
End names
Media Centre End
Pavilion End
International information
First Test 22–26 March 2008: West Indies v Sri Lanka
Last Test 12–15 May 2011: West Indies v Pakistan
First ODI 28 March 2007: South Africa v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 7 June 2016: Australia v South Africa
First T20I 30 April 2010: New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Last T20I 4 May 2010: England v Ireland
Team information
Guyana cricket team (2007 – present)
Guyana Amazon Warriors (2013 – present)
As of 7 June 2016
Source: ESPNcricinfo

The Providence Stadium or Guyana National Stadium is a sports stadium in Guyana, replacing Bourda as the national stadium. The stadium was built specifically to host Super Eight matches in the 2007 Cricket World Cup held in March and April 2007.

The stadium hosted six World Cup matches between March 28, 2007 and April 9, 2007, most notably the match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in which Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga became the first bowler in international cricket history to take four wickets in four consecutive balls.[2][3][4] Built primarily for cricket matches, the stadium can be converted into a multi-use facility.

Ground level looking out over the Pitch

History[edit]

Built for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, the stadium hosted six One Day Internationals as part of that competition, all at the Super Eights stage. As of June 2016, it has hosted ten more ODI games since the 2007 World Cup including a historic three Day/Night matches during the 2016 Tri Series involving West Indies, Australia and South Africa. This series represents the first time that every ODI match is played under floodlights in the Caribbean.

Providence hosted its first Test Match in 2008, with Sri Lanka as the visiting team, but didn't host another Test until May 2011, when the West Indies defeated Pakistan.It was also one of the venues for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, hosting six group stage matches, including 2 matches involving the West Indies.

It has also hosted other sports other than cricket including football and also hosted the rugby sevens competition at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. The opening and closing ceremonies as well as the numerous super concerts held for Carifesta10 were also hosted there. With the advent of the Caribbean Premier League the stadium became the home ground for the Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise hosting league matches in each of the first three seasons.[5]

The stadium was built by the Government of Guyana with substantial financial assistance from the Government of India. It was designed by C.R. Narayana Rao (CRN Architects & Engineers) and constructed by Shapoorji Pallonji Group.[6] Flooding in 2005 slowed site preparation, and delayed the start of construction, which began in May 2005. Construction costs are estimated at $25,000,000 US.

Seating 15,000 people, Providence Stadium is one of the largest sports arenas in Guyana, and now hosts test cricket instead of Bourda. The complex includes a shopping mall and luxury apartments. Princess International Hotel is located next to the stadium.

It was announced that the Guyanese Government was successful in bidding for the Semis and Finals of CPL 2016 and this would bring the marquee event to the Providence Stadium.[7]

Transport[edit]

Providence Stadium is located on the east bank of the Demerara River a few kilometres south of the Guyanese capital, Georgetown. Located along the East Bank Highway the stadium is a ten-minute drive from Georgetown's city centre and a 30-minute drive from Cheddi Jagan International Airport.

Records[edit]

Tests[edit]

Providence Stadium has hosted two test matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in 2008 and 2011 respectively.[8] The records for batting and bowling after these two matches are:

  • Highest Team Score - 476/8 dec. Sri Lanka vs West Indies
  • Highest Individual Score - 136 by Mahela Jayawardene
  • Lowest Team Score - 152 all out West Indies vs Pakistan
  • Best Bowling in an Innings - 6/42 by Saeed Ajmal Pakistan vs West Indies
  • Best Bowling in a Match - 11/111 by Saeed Ajmal Pakistan vs West Indies

ODIs[edit]

There has been sixteen (16) ODIs played at the Providence Stadium since it was built. The most recent match was in June 2016 when Australia played South Africa.

T20Is[edit]

The ground has hosted six (6) Twenty20 Internationals all in the 2010 T20 World Cup.

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Coordinates: 6°45′27.96″N 58°10′40.77″W / 6.7577667°N 58.1779917°W / 6.7577667; -58.1779917