The venue of the Timeless Test in 1939 (which only ended after 10 days because England had to catch a ship home), Kingsmead has witnessed some of South African cricket’s finest moments. Kingsmead staged its first Test match in 1923. Since the 1980’s, the ground has been extensively redeveloped with new stands at the Umgeni and Old Fort Road ends, but the old main grandstand remains as a reminder of past glories. The pitch is laid slightly below sea level and local folklore maintains that when the tide comes in in the late afternoon, the water table rises, offering unexpected movement to seam bowlers.
Kingsmead Stadium, the iconic home of the Hollywoodbets Dolphins has seen its fair share of Cricket World Cups, ICC World Twenty20 and IPL games, but perhaps its most famous event was the timeless Test in 1939 between England and South Africa.
You can now experience where these achievements took place and immerse yourself in the history of Kingsmead through a guided stadium tour.
Visit our museum, wander around Castle Corner, the grass embankments, stand on the pitch and imagine yourself hitting a six with a 17,000-strong crowd cheering you on. And who knows, you might even bump into a Hollywoodbets Dolphins player!
Book your tour today and come and soak up the atmosphere.
To book a tour, contact Nana NanaZ@cricket.co.za