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* Sri Lankan President opens renovated R. Premadasa International Stadium for World Cup
Sat, Feb 12, 2011, 08:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today declared open the renovated R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium at Kettarama in Colombo for the World Cup Cricket matches scheduled to commence next week.

The R. Premadasa International Stadium formerly known as the Kettarama Cricket Stadium is the largest stadium in the country and can accommodate 35,000 spectators.

It has been renovated and refurbished by the State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka, at a cost of Rs. 1.2 billion.

Seven of the matches scheduled to host in Sri Lanka including a quarterfinal and a semifinal will be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium. The first match to be played is Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan on February 26.

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa, ICC Events Manager Chris Tetley, Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket, and the officials of the Ministry of Sports and the Sri Lanka Cricket were also present.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

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