is a cricket ground
, 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, 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
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
on January 18, 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... Read More