Sahara Park Newlands, better known as Newlands, is one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world. Situated in Cape Town’s scenic southern suburbs, with Table Mountain in the background, the ground can accommodate up to 25 000 people and has hosted many memorable matches over the years.

Did you know?

Former New Zealand captain, Stephen Fleming, has the highest individual Test score at Newlands, with 262 not out.

Sahara Park Newlands cricket stadium traditionally hosts the first Test cricket match in South Africa every year, which starts on January 2. The only exception is when the South African national team is on tour abroad.

As there are many holidaymakers in Cape Town during this time of year, attendance at this match is usually very high. The open design of the stadium adds greatly to the atmosphere, and allows a good view, regardless of where your seat is. The stadium also hosts all forms of cricket between October and May each year.

The ground features two grass embankments, as well as two stands for public seating, in addition to designated stands for members and dignitaries. Oak trees around the ground, as well as prominent green roofs, create a feeling of serenity.

In recent years, the pitch at Newlands has offered something for both batsmen and bowlers – not quite as bouncy as Kingsmead in Durban, but generally not quite as flat as the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

As Cape Town gets the bulk of its rain in winter, cricket matches during the summer are generally not affected by weather. And because of the extra daylight hours Cape Town enjoys in summer, play can continue into in the early hours of the evening if need be.

Newlands is the home ground of the Cape Cobras franchise, who play in the domestic four-day, limited over and Pro20 competitions. Some of the better-known cricketers to ply their trades here in recent years include Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and Gary Kirsten.

The first Test match at Newlands was between South Africa and England, played during March in 1889. England thumped the hosts by an innings and 202 runs on that day, but South Africa’s track record in Cape Town has improved a lot since then.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Western Province Cricket
Tel: + 27 (0)21 657 3300

How to get here

The stadium is located along Campground Road in the southern suburbs. From Cape Town central, you can take the Southern Line Railway Route from Adderley Street to Newlands. You will see the stadium on your left just before you arrive at the station and your walk from there will be very quick.

Around the area

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a very short drive from the cricket stadium, and is a great place to spend a sunny day. The nearest shopping centre is Cavendish Square, less than a kilometer from the stadium.

What will it cost

Ticket prices vary according to the type of match being played. For a Test match, a ticket for the grass embankment will cost around R60, while for R10 or so extra, so can get a seat in the stands. Tickets to one-day internationals and T20 matches cost a little bit more.

What to eat

The curry shop on the North Stand side of the ground is very popular.