In a survey of the best cricket grounds in the world, published in the latest issue of The Cricketer magazine (May 2012), a panel of 40 cricket experts has rated Sahara Park Newlands as the 2nd best cricket ground in the world after the historic Lords in London.
Andre Odendaal, CEO of the Western Province Cricket Association, said this is an important endorsement of a place that special meaning for both Capetonians and South African cricket, and the WPCA is proud it has maintained the high ratings Sahara Park Newlands has traditionally enjoyed in world cricket.
THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS TOP THE LIST:
1) Lordís, London
2) Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa
3) Adelaide Oval, Australia
4) Galle International Stadium, Sri Lanka
5) Trent Bridge, Nottingham
6) Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia
7) Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia
8) Antigua Recreation Ground, Antigua
9) Kensington Oval, Barbados
10) Basin Reserve, New Zealand
11) Eden Gardens, India
Since the first Test match being played here in 1889, it has grown into a world class facility (successfully hosted the 2003 One Day World Cup, the inaugural T20 World Cup and IPL games in 2009). Not only does it play hosts to top international teams and the successful local franchise, the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras, but it has beautiful function venues and conference facilities that one can hire at a nominal fee.
When visiting Cape Town, make sure you get to visit the most scenic cricket ground in South Africa, Sahara Park Newlands where leather meets willow as the evening sun blends into the backdrop of the 8th wonder of the world, Table Mountain.