Galle International Stadium

Maryam Yasmeen

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Galle International Stadium

One of the luckiest stadiums for the Sri Lanka cricket team, Galle International Stadium formerly known as The Esplanade is a cricket stadium situated near the Galle Fort in Galle, Sri Lanka.

This cricket stadium is one of the most striking stadiums in the world with City End Fort End names. Moreover, Sri Lanka Cricket and Galle Cricket Club are the two home teams at the stadium. The Galle Stadium established in 1876 can host 35,000 spectators at a time. 

So far, a total of 43 Test matches have been played at Galle Stadium. Out of those 43 Test matches, Sri Lanka won 25 matches. Whereas, only 6 matches ended in a draw.

Historical Background

Initially, Galle Ground was designed as a race course in 1876. Later after 1892, according to the suggestions of the secretary of the Galle Municipal Council and P.A. Templar, this ground was converted to a cricket ground as a grandstand was also built at that time. 

The Galle Cricket Ground was officially announced as a cricket ground in the year of 1927. After the few years of this declaration, the stadium was upgraded to International Cricket Stadium. The Galle International Cricket Stadium is the 7th international ground that can host Test matches in Sri Lanka. 

An inaugural test match was played between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in this stadium on June 03, 1998. As a result, Sri Lanka won this maiden test match by sixteen runs

Galle International Stadium


The Galle Stadium is located in Galle, Sri Lanka right in front of a historical building named Galle Fort. In addition to that, this ground has perfect eye-catching beauty as it is surrounded by the Indian Ocean from both sides. Also, it is known as a famous tourist place due to its historical and picturesque buildings.

Renovation and Reopening

Due to the tsunami from the Indian Ocean earthquake the design and infrastructure of the stadium were badly destroyed on December 26, 2004. At that time, it was a temporary camp for the people who were displaced from their homes due to the tsunami. 

On May 08, 2006, the renovation of the international ground was started. The renovation resulted in the addition of several new buildings. The capacity for spectators was increased; many other buildings such as media centers, a VIP lounge with 150 capacities, and a new Mahinda Rajapaksa Pavilion were added to the renovated stadium. 

In addition to that, Mahinda Rajapaksa Pavilion is well-equipped with a media center with 150 media personnel, a radio commentators’ room, dressing rooms, and TV control rooms. 

However, on December 17, 2007, after the complete renovation of the stadium, it was re-inaugurated by President Mahinda Rajapakse. 

Galle International Stadium-Renovation and Reopening

Ground Information

The Galle Stadium has a grassy surface type with 6°01′54″ North and 80°12′58″ East coordinates. The stadium area is about 4.216 hectares. However, the wicket-to-boundary distance of the cricket ground is 75 yards. The current ground manager of the stadium is Harsha Munasinghe.

There are 3 indoor nets and 4 outdoor nets for practice in the stadium. The average 1st innings score of the ground is 340

Pitch Type

Generally, the pitch of the stadium is batters-friendly. As the game progresses, it starts favoring spinners. The pitch in Galle generally helps the slower bowlers.

Primary Info

Let’s have a look at quick info about ground information, field size, seating capacity, and many more that you want to know about Galle International Cricket Ground.

Info Detail
Complete Name Galle International Stadium
Known asThe Esplanade
LocationNear the Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka
Operated ByGalle Cricket Club
Seating Capacity35,000
Surface TypeGrassy
End NamesCity End & Fort End
Coordinates6°01′54″N 80°12′58″E
Home TeamGalle Cricket Club
Time ZoneUTC +05:30
Ground TypeOutdoor
Owned ByGalle Cricket Club
Field Size160 x 156
Ground Area4.216 hectares
RenovationMay 08, 2006
Reconstruction Cost5 billion rupees
ReopenedDecember 17, 2007
Average 1st Innings Score340

International Cricket Information

I have gathered some history of international cricket matches that were held at Galle Stadium for the very first and the last time.

First TestJune 3-7, 1998 Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand
Last TestJuly 16–20, 2023 Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan
First ODIJune 25, 1998 Sri Lanka vs. India
Last ODIJuly 02, 2017 Sri Lanka vs. Zimbabwe
First Women ODISeptember 11, 2018 Sri Lanka vs. India
Last Women ODIJuly 03, 2023 Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand

Three Cricket Format Statistics

Let us discuss the Stats at this stadium:

Total Matches11
Matches Settle Batting First04
Matches Settle Bowling First07
Average 1st Innings Scores198
Average 2nd Innings Scores188
Highest Score Recorded 329/07 in 50 Over
Lowest Score Recorded73/10 in 28.5 Over

Test Stats

Total Matches44
Matches Settle Batting First23
Matches Settle Bowling First15
Average 1st Innings Scores365
Average 2nd Innings Scores314
Average 3rd Innings Scores234
Average 4th Innings Scores157
Highest Score Recorded704/3 in 151 Over
Lowest Score Recorded120/10 In 43.1 Over

T20I Stats

Total Matches12
Matches Settle Batting First05
Matches Settle Bowling First 07
Average 1st Innings Scores108
Average 2nd Innings Scores93
Highest Score Recorded151/5 in 20 Over
Lowest Score Recorded79/10 in 20 Over

Three Cricket Format Records

Now, in this section of the article, you will get all the records that were held at Galle Cricket Stadium in different matches.

RecordsODI RecordsTest RecordsT20I Records
Highest Team Total73 runs in 28.5 Over by India Women’s Team 79 runs in 43.3 overs by Zimbabwe322 runs in 47.4 Over by Zimbabwe
Lowest Team Total 638 runs in 196 overs by Bangladesh98 runs in 35.1 Over by Sri Lanka Women’s team98 runs in 35.1 Over by the Sri Lanka Women’s team

Facts about Galle International Cricket Stadium

  • The Galle Stadium has the honor to host the last Test match of Sri Lankan finest cricketer, Muttiah Muralitharan in 2010.
  • On March 11, 2017, Rangana Herath became the greatest Test left-arm spinner with more than 362 wickets in history and the stadium was the witness of this history-making achievement of Rangana Herath.
  • The Galle Cricket Ground became able to conduct ODI matches in June 2017.
  • On 30th June and 2nd July, the 1st two ODI matches were played on the ground of Galle. 
  • Zimbabwean opener Solomon Mire recorded the 1st ever ODI century at the venue of Galle Stadium.
  • The highest ODI score was chased by Zimbabwe and that was the first ever record in Sri Lankan history.

The Galle Fort

It is commonly known as Dutch Fort and is located on the Southern Sri Lankan Coast in the Bay of Galle. Being an archaeological and historical place, the Galle Fort is one of the most beautiful attractions in the world. Initially, in the 16th century it was built by the Portuguese and later in the 17th century it was equipped by the Dutch. Mansion Museum and Galle Lighthouse are some of the highly rated and worth-visiting places in the Galle Fort.

The Galle Fort

What is the old name of Galle International Stadium?

The stadium formerly known as The Esplanade.

What is the seating capacity of the Galle International Stadium?

It has the ability to host 35,000 spectators.

Where is the Galle International Stadium located?

The ground is located near the Galle Fort in Galle, Sri Lanka.

When was Galle International Stadium established?

It was established in 1876.

When was Galle International Stadium reopened after renovation?

It was reopened on December 17, 2007 after renovation.

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