The Duraiappah stadium was located in the heart of Jaffna town and a few kilo meters apart from Jaffna library. The sports stadium is nearly half kilometres apart from Jaffna fort.The Duraiappah stadium was named in a memory of late Mayor of Jaffna, Alfred Thangarajah Duraiappah. The honourable Mayor was assassinated in 1975 due to political controversy. After the civilian war the stadium was renovated and prompted to an eligible International sports stadium. With the help of Indian government, millions of rupees were invested in the renovation works of the stadium. The Duraiappah stadium plays a leading role in the field of sports for the Northern region. Many sports activities will be conducted here and it promotes the sports spirit in the region.View Details
The international stadium located in Galle is the seventh international cricket stadium. This stadium is one of the most adorable stadiums in world, especially for its location. Situated along the coast of down South, covered either side by Indian Ocean and near to Galle Dutch fort. The Galle International stadium can allocate nearly 35,000 seats at present.
In 1876 the stadium was built for the purpose of race course. With the gradual developments such as building permanent pavilion in 1890’s, the stadium was started to use as a cricket stadium. The stadium was upgraded as an International stadium after the improvements made along with the official declaration as a cricket stadium in 1927. On 3rd of June 1998, the first test match was played between Sri Lanka and New Zealand on this stadium. In this match Sri Lanka won New Zealand by one inning and 16 runs. Of course, this stadium is more favourable ground for Sri Lankan cricket team.With the horrific Tsunami waves on December 26th 2014, the stadium was destroyed very much. Because of the ramparts of Galle, the stadium saved a little. Within a couple of weeks after Tsunami, the stadium turned as a temporary survival shelter for the thousand of Southern Tsunami victims.In 2006, the renovation works of the stadium was started with the help and support of the legendary cricket stars Ian Botham and Shane Warne. A new pavilion, media centre and the number of seats increased from 18,000 to 35,000 are some important improvements made along with the renovation of the stadium.The Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapakse at that time was opened the renovated stadium on December 17th 2007. On the same day, the first test match was played between Sri Lanka and England. Up to now, 25 test matches were played (13 matches won by Sri Lankan cricket team, 6 drawn and rest won by visiting countries) in this International stadium.