Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban, better known as Kingsmead, is one of South Africa’s most festive cricket grounds. It is here that the South African national team, the Proteas, traditionally play a five-day Test match starting on Boxing Day, provided they are not on tour. With a capacity of 25 000, there is plenty of room.

Did you know?

The longest ever international cricket match was played between South Africa and England in 1939. It lasted more than 10 days.

Sahara Stadium Kingsmead features an excellent balance of grass embankment and stands, making it the perfect family venue for cricket. There is plenty of space for children to run around, while adults can lie back and catch a tan while they enjoy the action.

Many people who aren't even cricket fans will come to this ground during holiday season to simply soak up the Durban atmosphere and enjoy the variety of festivities that take place.

Serious cricket fans should book a seat in the north stands, the end of the ground where the players’ pavilion and the press area are situated. This offers the best views of the ground, as well as the most shade.

The ground has been hosting international cricket since 1923, with some memorable matches taking place over the years. One of the semi-finals at the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup was held at this ground, when minnows Kenya bravely took on the mighty Australians, who went on to win that tournament.

Kingsmead is the home ground of the Sunfoil Dolphins franchise team, who play in the SuperSport Series (four-day cricket), MTN40 (40 overs a side) and the Standard Bank Pro 20 series (20 overs a side).

The pitch is generally very fast and bouncy, offering quick bowlers much encouragement. In 2008 Australian seamer, Mitchell Johnson, produced one of the meanest spells of bowling in the history of modern cricket, hospitalising South Africa’s top two batsmen, Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis, within an hour.

The track has been known to flatten out however, meaning that high scores are often recorded at this ground, such as Gary Kirsten’s 275 against England in 1999.

Sahara Stadium Kingsmead is also the finishing point for the 90-kilometre Comrades Marathon every second year, when the race starts in Pietermaritzburg.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Sahara Stadium Kingsmead
Tel: +27 (0)31 335 4200

How to get here

Sahara Stadium Kingsmead is located along Old Fort Road in Durban, close to the International Convention Centre.

Best time to visit

Cricket matches take place at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead between the months of October and April.

Around the area

Durban’s world-class beachfront is just a few kilometers away from the stadium and is well worth a visit.

What will it cost

Tickets to a Test match start from R40 per adult for a seat on the grass embankment. Tickets to one-day internationals, which sell out far quicker, start from around R130 for a seat on the grass embankment.

What to pack

Durban is usually extremely hot and humid, so pack accordingly and drink lots of water.

Where to stay

Durban’s 'Golden Mile' along the beachfront is home to a wide variety of hotels. Visiting cricket teams usually decide to stay along this stretch as well.

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