Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
is a stadium
in North Sound, Antigua
, Antigua and Barbuda
. It was built for use in the 2007 Cricket World Cup
where it hosted Super 8 matches. The stadium usually caters for 10,000 people, but temporary seating doubled its capacity for the 2007 Cricket World Cup
. The stadium is named after former West Indies cricket team
captain Viv Richards
The stadium is about 10–20 minutes drive from the capital city, St. John's
, and the country's international airport, (VC Bird International Airport
). The venue cost approximately US$60 million to build, with the majority of the funds coming from a Chinese Government grant.
The first Test match staged on the ground was on May 30 2008 when the West Indies hosted Australia, with the match ending in a draw.
The stadium constitutes two main stands; the Northern Stand and the five story South stand. In 2008, the roof of the South Stand was damaged by high winds.
Other facilities include a practice pitch for the various cricket teams, a new beach (possibly a combination of unexploited coastal sand cove supported by artificial work) dubbed "Beach 366" (the island has a total of 365 natural beaches some of which were damaged during several passages of severe hurricanes
in 1995, 1998 and 2000), training infrastructure and a media centre. Sir Viv Richards Stadium is one of the few state-of-the-art venues that... Read More