Bogambara Stadium

Bogambara Stadium
Bogambara Stadium (Sinhala: බෝගම්බර ක්‍රිඩාංගනය) is a multi-purpose stadium situated in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

The stadium has been constructed over the site where the ancient Bogambara Lake and Devalaya were located (Abeyawardana, 2004). Written history records that Ehelepola Kumarihami and several others were punished with death by drowning in this lake on the orders of King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha (1798-1815 A.D.), the last king of Sri Lanka (Abeyawardana, 2004). 

The lake was filled and converted into a playing field and a prison fortress later by the British who annexed the Kingdom of Kandy to the British Empire in 1815 (Abeyawardana, 2004). The ground became a stadium after the 1972 renovation. It presently serves as a venue for various sports, including rugby, football, hockey, athletics, netball, basketball, softball, and cricket.


1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.21.

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