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Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium
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Location Sooriyawewa, Hambantota District, Southern Province
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Establishment 2010
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Capacity 35,000
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Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium is a cricket stadium in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. It was built for the 2011 Cricket World Cup and hosted two matches, the first being Sri Lanka against Canada, on 20th February 2011. The stadium has a capacity of 35,000 people.

History

The proposal for a new International Cricket Stadium at Sooriyawewa was part of the Government's programme to develop Sports in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka.

The following 2011 Cricket World Cup matches was held in Hambantota International Cricket Stadium in February, 2011. The first official international match was between Sri Lanka and Canada on 20 February, 2011, which Sri Lanka won by 210 runs. A total of two matches were played at the venue during the World Cup.

The Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium will host three 2012 ICC World Twenty20 matches.

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