Kandy’s one and only public playing field, the Bogambara Stadium needs proper management. Sports is so popular in Kandy, especially at school level, that there is a crying need for a top class sporting venue with a swimming pool.
Bogambara Stadium was owned by the Municipal Council at one time is now under the Sports Ministry. The Municipal Council has helped many sports persons in the past. It was also a site for carnivals, games, circuses and gymkhana activities and even an execution ground during the Colonial rule.
It was Kandy Sports Club head quarters. Football clubs like Young’s Stars SC, Young Wanders SC, Greenfield SC, Kandy YMMA and schools like St. Anthony’s, Sri Rahula, St. Paul’s (now known as Sri Sumangala), Trinity, Dharmaraja and Kingswood Colleges used this venue to conduct their sports activities.
Bogambara was renovated into a stadium in 1972, through a apecial Commissionership of late M.B. Samarakoon and E.W. Balasuriya who was a sports promoter in Kandy.
Then in 1998 Anurudha Ratwatte, the deputy defence minister, took over to upgrade the ground in preparation for the Independence celebrations. After the renovation the Sports Minister took over the grounds.
At present the ground fees have been jacked up that the less affluent clubs cannot afford to pay such high fees. Only rugby is played as they are well organized and they can raise the money through sponsorships.
Now the sporting fraternity of Kandy are hopeful that the present sports minister Navin Dissanayake will come up with some solutions that will help the poor clubs and schools to conduct their sporting activities on the famous Bogambara ground.