Nov 29, 2018

Army to unveil new cricket stadium in Horana (Pics)

A fully fledged cricket ground with latest facilities will be ceremoniously inaugurated tomorrow (30) at the Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps (SLAOC) HQ at the Dombagoda Cantonment, Horana.

After the ground is ceremoniously inaugurated by Army Commander - Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake at 1.45pm tomorrow, the final match of the Army inter-brigade cricket tournament between the SLAOC and the Artillery brigade will be held at the venue.

The stadium, which is built in a 10-acre area, will be completed in several stages. The ground was completed under the first stage.

It is singular that traditional artistic motifs of the Rajarata era have been used. The ground also features an efficient water drainage system, a sprinkler system and 08 pitches.

Under the second stage, two dressing rooms to accommodate two teams, a cafeteria and 04 side practice pitches are to be completed. The third stage will see to the completion of a swimming pool and indoor stadium. The entire project will take around 03 years to be completed, reports say.

This ground will be used not only for school cricket and club cricket, but also for first class games of the SLC as well as national level junior matches.

Speaking, commanding officer of the SLAOC - Maj. Gen. Bimal Widanage said : "The Maggona Surrey ground was only good cricket ground in the area. Funds were acquired through an annual festival organized by the SLAOC. At the moment, Rs. 50m has been spent. Undertaking such a venture at such a low budget would have been impossible if not for the labour resources of the military and the support of the Army commander. My objective is to provide a ground with all training facilities to national level junior players. It could also be used by foreign teams at a lower cost, bringing in an inflow of foreign exchange. This would be a good sign for Sri Lankan cricket. Any loan facilities would ensure that the project will be completed sooner than anticipated."

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