The Kingsmead Cricket Ground is the home of the Dolphins, the team that represents the KwaZulu-Natal province and compete in the 4-Day Domestic Competition and One Day Cup. The Durban Heat have also started playing their home fixtures in the newly formed Mzansi Super League Twenty20 competition.
The first Test match played at Kingsmead was between South Africa and England in 1923, resulting in a draw. The longest Test match on record was also played in 1939, with England and South Africa playing for 9 days in a ‘Timeless Test’ before the match was declared a draw when England needed to catch their boat home.
Tenants: Dolphins (4-Day Domestic Competition/One Day Cup) & Durban Heat (Mzansi Super League)
As well as regularly hosting Test matches, a number of One Day International’s and Twenty20 International’s have been played at the ground. This included 5 matches at the 2003 Cricket World Cup and 9 matches at the 2007 World Twenty20, with India’s Yuvraj Singh recording six consecutive sixes off England’s Stuart Broad in a group match.
Kingsmead has been redeveloped since the 1980’s, although the modern stands sit between the old grandstand and grass banks. The ground is prone to bad light due to its easterly location within South Africa and the tide is said to affect batting conditions, due to Kingsmead’s proximity to the beach and the pitch being slightly below sea level.
Tickets at Kingsmead Cricket Ground
Dolphins (4-Day Series & One Day Cup) – Tickets to see the Dolphins play in the 4-Day Domestic Competition and One Day Cup are available through their official ticket supplier, Ticketpro by clicking here.
Durban Heat (Mzansi Super League) – Tickets to see the Dubran Heat play in the Mzansi Super League are available through their official ticket supplier, Ticketpro by clicking here.
South Africa Cricket International Matches – Tickets to see South Africa International Cricket Matches are available through their official ticket supplier, Ticketpro by clicking here.
Location & Travel to Kingsmead Cricket Ground
Kingsmead Cricket Ground is centrally located within Durban, on the eastern coast of South Africa.
Air – The King Shaka International Airport is the primary airport for Durban, located approximately 35 kilometers to the north of the city and Kingsmead Cricket Ground. The airport was opened in 2010 ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and now has links to London, Dubai, Doha, Istanbul and domestic destinations in South Africa.
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Walk – Given its location in the heart of Durban, it is possible to walk to Kingsmead from most places in the city.
Where to stay in Durban
Kingsmead Cricket Ground Stadium Tour
Contact Krystl Rangiah at KrystlR@cricket.co.za for a guided stadium tour of the Kingsmead Cricket Ground and to visit the museum.