Sir Vivian Richards Stadium

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17°06'11"N
061°47'05"W
Country
 Antigua and Barbuda
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Sir Vivian Richards Stadium is a stadium in North Sound, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda. It was built for use in the 2007 Cricket World Cup where it hosted Super 8 matches. The stadium usually caters for 10,000 people, but temporary seating doubled its capacity for the 2007 World Cup. The stadium is named after former West Indies cricket captain Viv Richards.

Location

The stadium is about 10–20 minutes' drive from the capital city, St. John's, and the country's international airport. The venue cost approximately US$60 million to build, with the majority of the funds coming from a Chinese Government grant. The first Test match staged on the ground began on 30 May 2008 when the West Indies hosted Australia, with the match ending in a draw.

Facilities

The stadium constitutes two main stands: the Northern Stand and the five story South Stand. In 2008, the roof of the South Stand was damaged by high winds. Other facilities include a practice pitch for the various cricket teams, training infrastructure and a media centre. Sir Viv Richards Stadium is one of the few state-of-the-art venues that encompass underground passageways for the cricket teams to move about in.Prior to the start of the first Test against England on 13 April 2015, the north and south ends were renamed for two former West Indies cricketers, Sir Curtly Ambrose and Sir Andy Roberts.

Outfield controversy

The ground's second Test match began against England on 13 February 2009, but the match was abandoned after just ten balls due to the outfield's dangerous condition. The groundstaff had applied an extra layer of sand after recent heavy rain, and again after a brief shower, which resulted in West Indies bowlers Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards being unable to gain a foothold when running in. The sandy nature of the outfield had earnt the ground the nickname of 'Antigua's 366th beach' in the buildup to the game.The abandonment caused great embarrassment for West Indies cricket, with inquiries held by the WICB and the ICC. The ICC ordered that the ground be suspended from staging all international matches for twelve months, and an official warning was issued to the WICB.

List of five wicket hauls

Tests

Eight five wicket hauls in Test matches have been taken at the venue.

One Day Internationals

One five wicket haul in One-Day Internationals has been taken at the venue.

Twenty20 Internationals

One five wicket haul in Twenty20 Internationals has been taken at the venue.
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