Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua

Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Capacity: 20,000
Matches: Super 8
Cost: $60 million

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium is a multi-use, world class ultra-modern stadium in North Sound in Antigua and Barbuda. New stadium constructed in partnership with People's Republic of China to replace the Antigua Recreation Ground. The stadium was strategically built on a site approximately half-way between the capital St John's and the country's international airport (VC Bird International Airport). It is about 10-20 minutes drive from the capital city depending on traffic.

The stadium constitutes two main stands, the North stand and the South stand as well as other minor stands. Other facilities include a practice pitch for the various cricket teams, a new beach(possibly a combination of unexploited coastal sand cove supported by artificial work) dubbed 'Beach 366'(the island has a total of 365 natural beaches some of which were damaged during several passages of severe hurricanes in 1995, 1998 and 2000), training infrastructure and a media centre

Island Factfile:

Name: Antigua and Barbuda (part of Leeward Isles)
Capital City: St John's
Other major cities: English Harbour and Codrington
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
Population: Approx 80,000
Climate: Tropical maritime. Temperatures generally range from the mid-70s in the winter to the mid-80s in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands. Low humidity year-round
Languages: English and other local dialects

Tourist Spots: Antigua and Barbuda boasts of 365 exotic beaches! Visitors can enjoy the stretches of beach and miles of excellent hikes on Antigua, the protected nature reserve of Redonda, the exclusive resorts and superb bird sanctuary on Barbuda, and world-class snorkeling and scuba diving among wrecks along the nation's coral reefs.

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