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WWith a capacity of 15,000, Buffalo Park isn’t the largest cricket ground around, but it offers an intimate experience for spectators and little hassle for those arriving at and leaving the ground. It also has a great ocean view.
The stadium boasts an excellent floodlight system, allowing it to host day/night matches. The Proteas, South Africa’s national cricket team, have played regularly at this ground since returning from international isolation in 1991.
The traditionally 'flat' pitch allows batting teams to post large totals, with scores in excess of 300 regularly recorded in 50-over-a-side matches. In 2005, South Africa and England both passed the 300 mark in the same match, while in 1999, West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 150 in a one-day international (ODI) at the ground – an extremely good ODI score.
But there is opportunity for bowlers, too – former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock took 19 ODI wickets at an average on 19 on this ground.
During the 2003 Cricket World Cup, 3 matches were played here.
The Border team and Warriors domestic franchise play games in East London and have some dedicated followers. South African cricket legends such as Makhaya Ntini and Mark Boucher represented this area during their careers, while the quality of high schools in the area ensures there is always new talent coming through.
Have a look at the cricket schedule if you are going to be in the area on holiday.
The locals in East London are known for being friendly and accommodating, making matches at Buffalo Park and festivities in the town afterward most enjoyable.
Travel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)43 709 9710
Best time to visit
Cricket in South Africa is played between October and April.
Things to do
There is a fantastic golf course right next to the stadium, and the beach is also very close by.
What to pack
It can get very windy in East London, so keep this in mind when choosing which hat to wear.
Where to stay
There are a number of hotels and B&Bs within a few kilometres of Buffalo Park in East London.