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Kandy SC are blessed with a splendid rugby stadium

The famous Nittawela rugby ground was established thanks to the helping hand extended by the Kandy Municipal Council. Kandy Sports Club’s original home was Bogambara Stadium until 1939. Then the British Colonial Army took it over during the Second World War. Kandy SC however continued to play rugby at Bogambara, but were without a club house.

In 1949 the Kandy Municipal Council decided to provide the Kandy’s cabbage dumping ground for the purpose of constructing the club with an area of land. The preparation of the site took approximately five years. It wasn’t until 1954 that Nittawela became the permanent home ground for Kandy SC.

Then in 1976 late E.W. Balasuriya put up tiers on both sides. Then in mid-1990s due to Malik Samarawickrema’s vision the club was given a face lift. This came in the form of building a new pavilion. Now the ground at Nittawela can house a capacity crowd of 25,500.

This time a rugby lover, A.W. Rasheed, has done a good job as the ground secretary. He is a product of Zahira College Maradana and Matale where he excelled in cricket, football and hockey. This writer believes Rasheed can be rated as the best ground secretary the club has had. Thanks to this man the ground looks perfect. It can be rated as the best rugby ground in the country. There are many things that can make a rugby ground a truly special place. It might be a place where they have witnessed something remarkable, a venue that conjures a memory that will last a lifetime, or an arena where time and again they have been swept up in a monumental wave of emotion on match days. For some it will be a giant cacophonous ground where only the elite get to do battle in front of their home crowd. For others, there’s no place like a traditional old club rugby ground where the intimacy and unique atmosphere on the terraces are what make the game interesting. Today Nittawela can be rated as one of the best rugby stadiums in the country, both in terms of capacity and atmosphere.