Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Capacity: 28,000
Matches: Super-8 and final
Cost (renovation): US$45 million

The Kensington Oval is located to the west of the capital-city Bridgetown the in Barbados Island. This the venue which hosted the Windies' first ever Test (1929) and ODI matches (1984)

The 120-year old Kensington Oval, also known as "The Mecca" of West Indies cricket, was renovated to increase capacity and other facilities.

The new stadium will host the group-8 ties and final.

Renaming of the new stands built specially for the mega event was done and accordingly the renovated Challenor stand will be known as Worrell, Weekes and Walcott stand (3Ws). The Hall and Griffith stand and Gary Sobers Players Pavilion will retain its name. However the Kensington Innis stand has been renamed as the Greenidge and Haynes stand. The Peter Short media center will now be the Coppin, Cozier and Short media center.

Island Factfile:

Name: Barbados (North Atlantic Ocean)
Capital City: Bridgetown
Other major cities: Speightstown
Currency: Barbadian Dollar (BD$) (US$1=BD$1.92)
Population: Approx 2, 85,000
Climate: Tropical, Rainy season (June-Oct)
Languages: English and other local dialects

Tourist Spots: Besides the lush and beautiful white sand beaches you can also get to see the breath-taking waterfalls, cascades and Underground streams at Harrison's cave. And who can forget the Carib beers, Reggie and Calypso.

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