National Trust of Guyana

Providence Cricket Stadium

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Location: Providence, East Bank Demerara
Classification: Recreational
Period/ Year Built: 2006

Historical Background / Description:
The Providence Cricket Stadium is located in Providence, on the East Bank of Demerara. The facility was built to host six of the Super Eights matches in the 2007 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup. The stadium was designed by C.R. Narayana Rao of CRN Architects & Engineers and built by Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Limited; both companies are based in India.

Construction on the structure began in May 2005 at an estimated cost of US$25,000,000.00; funding for the stadium was provided by the Indian Government through collaborative efforts with the Government of Guyana. It was completed in November 2006 for the 2007 World Cup which began on March 13 and concluded on April 29, 2007. The first match to be played at the stadium was on March 28, 2007, between South Africa and Sri Lanka; South Africa won the game by 1 wicket with 10 balls remaining. The last of the Super Eights matches held at the facility was on April 9, 2007 with Ireland and New Zealand competing against each other.

Over the years, the Providence Stadium has hosted a number of regional and international cricket matches. The facility is also used for National and social events throughout the year. The stadium replaces Bourda Cricket Ground (seating capacity of approximately 25,000 people) as the National venue for cricketing activities and has the capacity to seat 15,000 persons.