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Inaugural encounter gets underway at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium.

Feb 20, 2011 11:12:38 AM - itnnews.lk

The newly inaugurated Mahinda Rajapakse International Stadium in Hambantota is added to the largest stadiums in the world.

The Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Suriyaweva in the Hambantota District was constructed solely for the 2011 ICC world Cup series. The stadium that contains seating capacity for 35,000 spectators was inaugurated by Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa. The stadium built in an area of 47 acres has a 10-strip turf wicket. In addition to the main pavilion it consists of two more additional pavilions. It has parking space for 800 vehicles. A modern lighting system has been installed to hold day and night encounters. It also has three large scoreboards and media boxes. The rest rooms of the players and the umpires conform to a high standard. Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa participated in the inaugural function. The first encounter of Sri Lanka in the series against Canada got underway at the stadium and President Rajapaksa joined the spectators in watching the match. It is a notable feature that the rural people have the opportunity to enjoy Cricket which was confined to Colombo, realizing a concept of President Rajapaksa. The stadium is filled with people who have come from areas such as Hambantota, Suriyawewa, Thissamaharama, Ambilipitiya, Kataragama, Ambalantota and Thanamalwila.