KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Media Release

 No: KZNCU2021

07 Nov 2019

Embargo : None

Written by: Nick Tatham

Project Kingsmead taking shape

Durban – Cricket fans coming through the gates of Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Saturday for the Durban Heat’s first game of the Mzansi Super League will be struck by a host of new developments at the ground that form part of the “Project Kingsmead” facilities upgrade at the iconic venue.

KZN Cricket Chief Executive Officer Heinrich Strydom took the chance to unveil the first phase of the elaborate plan to revitalise Hollywoodbets Kingsmead ahead of a full summer of cricket at the Durban Heat’s season launch on Wednesday evening, where guests got to meet the team at the brand new Hollywoodbets Food Court behind the East Grandstand.

Along with this revamp, the food court on the Castle Corner side of the ground has also had a significant face-lift while the next phase of the upgrade involves improvements to other facilities and services throughout the ground.

“These upgrades are all part of a plan to celebrate cricket in the province through its rich history,” Strydom said on Wednesday evening.

“We have plans to commemorate some of the province’s greatest cricketers and iconic moments that have made Hollywoodbets Kingsmead one of the most renowned cricket grounds in the world.

“One of the centre pitches has been relayed, two additional pitches have been added to the main square, we have build more nets, we have upgraded the change rooms, umpires area and players dining area. We have also relocated the waste area and store rooms.”

“There are also a number of other upgrades planned that you will see throughout the year,” he added.

“We have some incredibly passionate people sharing the same vision and as we continue on this journey we will improve the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium experience for all involved.”

The project is all part of Strydom’s philosophical approach to his job at the helm of cricket in the province.

“We are merely temporary custodians of this great game and we need to leave it in a better state than when we found it,” he added.

Hollywoodbets Kingsmead will provide the home for the Durban Heat for the next five weeks after which it will host England in a T20 International and a One Day International later in the summer.

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Saturday, November 9: Durban Heat v Tshwane Spartans (12:30 start)
Friday, November 15: Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks (17:30 start)
Sunday, November 17: Durban Heat v Cape Town Blitz (10:00 start)
Saturday, November 30: Durban Heat v Nelson Mandela Bay Giants (12:30 start)
Tuesday, December 10: Durban Heat v Jozi Stars (17:30 start)
Friday, February 7: South Africa v England One Day International (13:30 start)
Friday, February 14: South Africa v England T20 International (18:00)


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The Hollywoodbets Food Court was unveiled on Wednesday evening as one part of a major upgrade to Hollywoodbets Kingsmead ahead of another exciting summer of cricket starting on Saturday when the Durban Heat face the Tshwane Spartans in their opening game of the 2019 Msansi Super League.
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