Colombo: Sri Lanka plans to hire a cruise liner to accommodate cricket World Cup fans and spectators at the newly built stadium in the islands south for the big event next year which is jointly being co-hosted by the Island Nation, India and Bangladesh.
The six-million dollar stadium in Hambantota, President Mahinda Rajapakses hometown, lacks hotels to accommodate thousands of fans expected to watch the games in February-April 2011.
"Star-classed hotel facilities are enough for only two teams and the cruise ship can accommodate up to 1,000 people," Sri Lankan World Cup official Suraj Dandeniya as quoted to AFP reporters.
According to the International Cricket Council rules, each venue must have five-star facilities to house between 500 and 1,000 players, officials, media and fans.
"The ship will be used mainly for spectators, officials and the media contigent that will be following the two games allotted to the venue," said Dandeniya.
The Hambantota venue commonly known as the Suriyawewa Stadium will host its maiden international game when Sri Lanka play Canada in the World Cup on February 20.
The other match scheduled at the venue is between Pakistan and Kenya on February 23.
The 43-day tournament will be played across 13 venues in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and the final will be held on April 2 at Mumbais Wankhede stadium.