The dilapidated Sugathadasa Stadium, the country’s only multi-purpose sports facility, will go through a complete overhaul next year with the government agreeing to pump as much as Rs. 1 billion for refurbishment.
Constructed in 1972, the stadium was renovated in 1991 to host the South Asian Federation Games (now called the south Asian Games). Since then it has gone through minor repairs, including a re-laying of the synthetic track thrice during the last 23-year cycle. However,a complete overhaul is required to host a segment of the Youth Asian Games in 2017.
The existing facilities, the indoor and outdoor stadiums, the swimming and diving pool and the sports hotel will go through a complete face-lift, heralding a new era in Sri Lankan sports.