SuperSport Park cricket ground
SuperSport Park cricket ground is a Centurion-based 22 000-seater ground, located 12km south of Tshwane, which offers a large grandstand, hospitality chalets and grassy embankments.
The ground hosted its first one-day international in December 1992 and its first Test in November 1995, during which former South Africa cricket captain Shaun Pollock made his debut for South Africa against England.
SuperSport Park has a wicket that favours both batsmen and a variety of bowling styles, with the exception of spinners. The outfield is flat and fast thanks to a state-of-the-art drainage system.
When it comes to Test matches, the character of the pitch differs, offering spectators an variety of play. The ground has hosted World Cup and Super Six matches, as well as a variety of other events, including road running and concerts.
Today SuperSport Park is one of a few privately owned cricket grounds in South Africa, with a legacy that dates back to the late 1800s. A number of international cricket captains have acknowledged SuperSport Park as having some of the best players’ facilities in the world.
History related to the ground dates back to September 1882, when a cattle compound became the home for Tshwane’s cricketers. The compound was later named Berea Park. In 1902 Berea Park became the official home of the former North-Eastern Transvaal Cricket Union, now the Northerns’ Cricket Union.
After the Second World War, the union was temporarily housed at the nearby Caledonian soccer grounds and at Loftus Versfeld rugby grounds, as well as at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. By the early 1980s the Berea Park grounds had become too small and were badly in need of an upgrade. A new venue was thus sought.
In 1984 Centurion Park was officially opened as the new home of Northerns’ cricket. In 1998 the name changed to SuperSport Centurion and in 2001 to SuperSport Park.
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SuperSport Park is within easy access of Johannesburg, Midrand and Tshwane. Take the Ben Schoeman highway to Tshwane (Pretoria). Take the eastern bypass to Polokwane. Select the Botha Avenue/Irene offramp, turn right into Botha Avenue, right into Alexander Road. Cross over the stop street, over the highway into Jean Avenue, left into South Street, right into West Avenue.