Sugathadasa Stadium

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Sugathadasa Stadium
සුගතදාස ක්‍රිඩාංගණය
சுகதாத்தா ஸ்டேடியம்
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Sugathadasa Stadium is located in Colombo Municipality
Sugathadasa Stadium
Sugathadasa Stadium
Location within Colombo Municipality
LocationColombo, Sri Lanka
Coordinates6°56′53″N 79°52′07″E / 6.94806°N 79.86861°E / 6.94806; 79.86861Coordinates: 6°56′53″N 79°52′07″E / 6.94806°N 79.86861°E / 6.94806; 79.86861
OwnerSugathadasa National Sports Complex Authority [1]
SurfaceGrass (Desso), Track (Mondo)
Broke ground16 January 1957 (1957-01-16)
Opened16 December 1962 (1962-12-16)
Colombo FC
Renown SC
Sri Lanka national rugby union team
Sri Lanka national football team
Colombo Lions

Sugathadasa Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is currently used for football, rugby union, and athletics. The stadium holds 25,000 people and has an on-site hotel.


The concept of the stadium was initially raised by V. A. Sugathadasa, the Mayor of Colombo (1956-57, 1963-65), the country's first Minister of Sports (1966-70) and Chairman of the National Olympic and Commonwealth Games Committee.[3] Construction of the stadium commenced on 16 January 1957 and was completed on 16 December 1962.[4][5]

In 1991, an indoor stadium was constructed on the site by the Mitsui Company for the 1991 South Asian Games.

Stadium usage[edit]

The 1991 and 2006 South Asian Games were held in Sugathadasa Stadium. It also hosted the majority of matches for the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup. The 2010 IIFA Awards took place here. In 2012, the stadium was home to the Elite Football League of India. In 2002 it hosted the Asian Athletics Championships.


The track was relaid in 2012 by the then sports ministry headed by Mahindananda Aluthgamage, but the track was not done with standard quality and was a waste of public funding. For 3 years, the Sri Lankan national pool is lacking an international track to practice for international meets.[6][7] In 2017 minister Dayasiri Jayasekara announced the re-laying of the track and is expected to open back to the sportsmen and women in December 2017.[8]


  1. ^ "SUGATHADASA NATIONAL SPORTS COMPLEX AUTHORITY". Archived from the original on 2015-10-23. Retrieved 2015-10-10.
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  3. ^ Perera, S. S. (1999). The Janashakthi Book of Sri Lanka Cricket, 1832-1996. Janashakthi Insurance. p. 593.
  4. ^ "History of Sugathadasa National Sports Complex Authority". Minstry of Sports. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  5. ^ Corea, Ishvari (1988). Glimpses of Colombo. Colombo Municipal Council. p. 191.
  6. ^ "Sugathadasa Stadium's synthetic track may not be certified by IAAF - Sri Lanka News". Sri Lanka News. 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  7. ^ "Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium Has Gone To Dogs". The Sunday Leader. 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
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Preceded by
Bung Karno Stadium
Asian Athletics Championships

Succeeded by
Rizal Memorial Stadium