Dambulla is a historical City which is situated in the Cultural Triangle. In 2001, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) decided to build an International Cricket Stadium at Dambulla considering its Central location to serve five Provinces- Central, North Central, North Western, Eastern and Northern. Dambulla is within the dry zone and is an ideal location for Cricket to be played all year round. The site is 1.5 km away from the City of Dambulla and is off the main Dambulla - Kurunegala Road.
Surath Wickramasinghe Associates was selected after a competitive process to be the Architects and also to provide Consultancy Services in other disciplines.
The brief for the development included the following:
The site 35 acres in extent was at a high level at the entrance and was undulating towards the lower end of the land. However, the Cricket Ground was cut and filled to achieve the desired levels. The Grandstand faced the East and the Cricket Ground bordered the Ibbankatuwa Lake on the Northern side. The Master Plan included the design for the Cricket Stadium, Grandstand, Sight Screens, Score Board to conform with the International Cricket Council (ICC) requirements. The Master Plan also included Practice Pitches, a Sports Academy, a Four Star Hotel Complex , Heliport and Sea Planes to land on the Ibbankatuwa Lake to make the project more attractive. The infrastructure within the complex was comprehensive and met International Standards.
In 2001, the Client SLC wanted a state-of-the-art facility in Dambulla conforming to the latest technology available to meet the ICC Standards. The design of the Grandstand to accommodate 1000 spectators was in five levels. The high security facilities for the players and dressing rooms, match referee, 3rd umpire, the VIP lounge / banquet areas was in two separate floors. The balance areas was for the public with private boxes and spectator areas. The Grandstand roof was a unique as it was the first “floating roof” in Sri Lanka providing unobstructed viewing of the Cricket for the spectators. It also provides spectators glimpses of the Dambulla and Sigiriya Rocks and the Ibbankatuwa Tank in the backdrop of surrounding hills connecting the drama of Cricket with a historical and natural setting. The necessary infrastructure was provided.
The perimeter of the ground had two covered tiers on either side of the Grandstand and the balance area was open for the public with Landscaping. Also, provided around the ground was a Pedestrian network including access to other facilities such as food & beverage, other vendors, rest rooms and access to the car park and public transport. The total spectator capacity within the grounds is around 30,000.
The Media Center was designed for 200 media personnel and multi media commentators with World Class communication infrastructure.
Score Boards and Sight Screens.
The Score Boards, Sight Screens and other supporting display areas.
The project was completed within the 160-day time frame and was ready in its full exuberance as expected for the inaugural one day International Cricket match against England in March, 2001. Surath Wickramasinghe Associates won an Excellence Award from the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects for their design of the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.