Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados Pocket Guide

Sporting Venues

Whether you are drawn to the enchanting history of Barbados or the endless beaches and bays that surround the island, one thing is for sure and that is, planning your sporting tour to Barbados certainly makes a lot of sense. No wonder considering Barbados as a major part of your sports package spurs you on in the way it does. Of course, when planning your sporting tour to Barbados, the availability of sporting venues is obviously key. 

There are a few sporting venues on the island of Barbados that will cater to the necessary needs of your sporting event. Among the few, one such place is Kensington Oval. It was necessary for us to start with this particular venue as simply put 'cricket is we ting'. (You can always check our Bajan dialect section for clarity on that phrase)

Suitably and conveniently located on the outskirts of Barbados' historic and bustling capital city Bridgetown, Kensington Oval went through a major refurbishment to the tune of $135 million dollars. This significant investment was made by the Government of Barbados in an effort to improve facilities that would readily and adequately cater to the 2007 ICC World Cup Cricket Matches.

This architecturally impacting stadium now has a state-of-the-art irrigation system that is on a par with that of football fields throughout Europe. This new and improved irrigation system travels along the borders of Kensington Oval's field and has a sole purpose of functioning as a catchment area for rain water. As Barbados is becoming more and more environmentally conscious, it is not at all surprising that such an awareness should be taking place at Kensington Oval as housed on these very grounds are huge underground water tanks that utilize recycled water for the purpose of wetting the pitch. Sand-based outfields ably aid in fast and effective drainage in the event of heavy rains.

Another sporting venue found in Barbados is the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex which is located in Wildey in the parish of St. Michael. This sporting complex houses tennis courts, a swimming pool that is extensively used by international swimmers who come to Barbados to train, exercise units, public balconies, a medical bay and warm-up rooms are among the many facets of this sporting complex.

There are a number of other venues in Barbados that are used for the purposes of hosting various sporting events across the country. One such place is the Soup Bowl which is found on the island's eastern side and is host to many local and international surfers who participate in the "Soup Bowl" competition. Essentially, the bigger sporting venues in Barbados are Kensington Oval, the Wildey Sports Complex, the Garrison Savannah and the Barbados National Stadium.

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