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Old December 19th, 2006, 09:14 AM   #1
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International Motor Race Track in Sri Lanka

International Motor Race Track in Sri Lanka

A plan to construct an international standard motor race track in Sri Lanka has been initiated at Tissamaharama in the Hambantota district. The project is expected to be completed in three phases and the final deliverable, which is an FIA sanctioned grand prix race circuit is expected to be completed by 2010.

Once the project is completed it is expected to contribute positively to the GDP of the country. Further, this will generate substantial amount of foreign exchange and employment opportunities for the local youth. This project will complement and mutually benefit other major development projects such as the proposed Hambantota Sea Port and Weerawila Airport which are planned for the Hambantota district.

This is a similar concept to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Project of Malaysia. Sepang International F1 Circuit is part of the KLIA project, which was proposed in 1994. The circuit is about 260 ha, which started out in September 1997 and was completed in 15 months with a cost of RM286Mn (US$75Mn). The Kuala Lumpur International Air Port was built 40 km away from the mainland and one of the objectives of the Sepang F1 circuit was to promote the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Malaysia is the first country in the South East Asia to have a Formula 1 track, and the second in Asia, with Japan being the first. Formula 1 is currently the third most watched live sporting event, second only to the Olympics and the World Cup. F1 races are televised live to 130 countries with an estimated 330 million viewers. This means for a good one and half-hour, all these eyes will be on one country. Apart from the live coverage, there are 2.5 billion people watching each of its 17 races and research shows that 64% of Formula 1 home viewers are in Asia. Sepang F1 circuit has generated an annual revenue of more than RM1 billion (US$261.78 million) over the years.

According to the initial feasibility study we have identified the Kirindi Oya Live Stock Farm, Jullpallama, Tissamaharama as the best location for the project due to its strategic location and the natural setting. This farm was earlier used by the Mahaweli Authority and now it is dysfunctional. According to a reliable internal source, when this farm was functioning at it’s peak it has given employment for 26 workers and has generated a net profit of Rs.200,000/- per month (approximately) but at the most recent Grand Prix, held at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia, US$2.63 billion was added to the Malaysian GDP and 740,000 jobs were created during the period. This is clear indication about the economic and social benefit of the project to the country.



In the first phase a gravel motor race track would be constructed according to FIA specifications. The first race meet is scheduled on 05th & 06th of August 2006 as a Super Cross Meet and will be organized & conducted by the Southern Motor Sports Club (SMSC) in association with D. A. Rajapaksa foundation & the Southern Development Authority. The organizers have selected the Southern Motor Sports Club, the eminent motor sports club of the southern province to conduct this meet, particularly for its ability to organize very high quality race meets of this magnitude. Club’s ability was repeatedly proven in the past with high caliber race meets such as annual Southern Rally, Southern Eliyakanda Hill Climb, Ratnapura Speed Road Races & SMSC Keells Hotels Safari Rally 2004, which was an International Standard Motor Rally.

The proposed event is planned to position as the most admired motor sports event in the country and hence, it has named as “Southern Super Cross 2006” for the President’s Challenge Trophy. His Excellency President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa will give away the President’s Trophy to the winner of the Super Car event.

The circuit is under construction and the entire project planning and the feasibility study was done by a team of local experts. As a result the estimated cost of the project is much less compared to similar projects in the world. The project team carried out a research about other successful Grand Prix circuits in the world and came up with a superb 5.6 Km grand prix track which suits Sri Lankan conditions. According to the vision of H.E. President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s, utilizing local resources & expertise in the development projects in the country would benefit the economy of the country as a whole.

Once the project is completed it is expected that this 5.6km track at this circuit to be one of the most challenging tracks in the world, as it has a combination of high-speed straights and technical corners. The proposed track has 3 straights and 18 corners and the main straight has a distance of about 1.2 Km. The circuit, which contains 3 different configurations, is designed to allow three circuits to operate individually namely grand Prix Circuit 5.6 Km, International Circuit 4.2 Km, and National Circuit 3.4 Km.

The circuit is designed to meet the strictest safety requirements and will be the second FIA-sanctioned circuit to incorporate wide asphalt run-off areas. (Dubai Autodrome is the first one). It is planned to implement a digital surveillance system to provide a complete coverage of all areas of the track and will be linked to the Race/Safety control room for monitoring and saving on hard disk recorders. This means that every incident along the track during a race or event can be viewed by the clerk of the course. Most facilities will be housed in a two-storey ultra modern complex facing the grandstand. These facilities include Pit Complex, Race/Safety Control Room, Timekeeping Room, Media Centre, VIP Suite and Stewards Room. A world-class Medical Centre will be situated behind the Pit area for track emergencies during major events. The Media Centre will be fully equipped with individual ISDN lines, computers and fax machines for the local and international press, while the Pit Complex would encompass 30 individual team garages. At the rear of the Pits is a traditional racing paddock for team staff and hospitality.

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Old December 19th, 2006, 04:08 PM   #2
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Amazing but why in Hambantota, they want to have F1 there, I don't think so...
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Old December 19th, 2006, 05:15 PM   #3
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With the New Airport and the Port and the Southern Highway that may change
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Old December 20th, 2006, 03:06 AM   #4
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wow ! this is amazing and simply came out of the blue. .atleast for me.

It might make sense to build a motor racing circuit in Hambantota given that it is going toget a new airport/harbour.

Having said that are you sure this is F1 ?? FIA runs several classes of GRand Prix, like the F3 and so on. Also does it mean if it is F1 that guarantess FIA will hold F! Grand Prix here ? I am not so sure. If it does then its money minting indeed. If not where is the revenue going to come from ? I will wait and watch for more details.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 04:09 AM   #5
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With the New Airport and the Port and the Southern Highway that may change
I don't think the southern highway will go to Hambantota, it say it is from Colombo-Matara and stops there, and will have a normal road to Hambantota; However from Matara to Hambantota it is like 80 km's and without an expressway that is quite a lot...

Nice Idea needs a lot more thinking, and as you said a lot depends on the area booming via Airport and Seaport and perhaps a good road link in the future.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 04:47 AM   #6
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They are upgrading and widening the road along the southern coast too, so we can go to Matara via the highway and the rest through the new road.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 04:59 AM   #7
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how many lanes is the widened road t oHambantota ? and how many lanes is the Colombo Matara highway ?
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Old December 20th, 2006, 05:05 AM   #8
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Colombo - Matara Highway = Stage I - Kottawa to Dodangoda - 4 lanes
Dodangodato Godagama - 2 lanes
Final Stage - Kottawa to Matara widening of 6 lanes

widened road to Hambantota - No Idea, I saw the info about this road on the news i think
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Old December 20th, 2006, 08:50 AM   #9
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Colombo - Matara Highway = Stage I - Kottawa to Dodangoda - 4 lanes
Dodangodato Godagama - 2 lanes
Final Stage - Kottawa to Matara widening of 6 lanes

widened road to Hambantota - No Idea, I saw the info about this road on the news i think
The expressway is going to be modified so it will be opened with 4 lanes all the way.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 09:27 AM   #10
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ooh, great having 2 lanes and calling it an expressway would have sucked
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Old December 20th, 2006, 10:38 AM   #11
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Yeah just imagine you get one slow vehicle, devasting effects for everyone...
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Old December 21st, 2006, 04:53 PM   #12
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The expressway is going to be modified so it will be opened with 4 lanes all the way.
I thought they were going for 6 lanes upon completion and opening for public use? Since the RDA said that to slap on the extra lanes after opening would cost more than the entire project or something.
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Old December 21st, 2006, 06:54 PM   #13
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No, look the initial stage of the Southern Expressway will have 4 lanes total throughout. Hopefully completed in 4-6 years but once it will get crowded they will upgrade it to 6 lanes at the same max. speed of 120 km/h.
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Old April 7th, 2007, 03:44 AM   #14
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Sri Lanka Sports Infrastructure

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New Cricket Test venue

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka is building a new international cricket stadium in the island's arid southern province, Sri Lanka Cricket said on Friday.

The new stadium in Ranna village in the southern district of Hambantota, which is also the home constituency of President Mahinda Rajapakse, will host international matches.

Initial work on the stadium, 238 kilometers (149 miles) from Colombo, is due to be completed by the end of next year, Sri Lanka Cricket secretary K. Mathivanan told AFP.

"We have not worked out the total costs yet," he said, adding construction tenders had been called.

Sri Lanka has six international cricket venues, including three in Colombo.

The Galle stadium, badly damaged by the December 2004 tsunami, is being rebuilt and there are plans to hold a Test match when England tours the island during October-November, Mathivanan said.

source : http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070406...ZGPR4A6hZvaA8F
Nice idea, but again in Hambantota. Is this 're-dstribution' wealth to the regions of Sri Lanka or more about re-directing all wealth to Hambantota ??? Anyways, let me zip up on this and get back on track.

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Old April 7th, 2007, 03:47 AM   #15
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Colombo, 05 June, (Asiantribune.com):The government of Sri Lanka plans to construct an International stadium with country's first artificial track for cycle racing in Homagama. The 150 acre land for the construction of the international stadium for which the foundation stone was laid on Sunday was provided by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Speaking at this occasion President Mahinda Rajapakse stressed that in future administration, with regard to the field of sports, will be handed over to those who always act for the well being of sports. He said accordingly, new laws will be introduced to form a more efficient procedure regarding finance and administration activities regarding the sports sector.

The President disclosed this participating at a ceremony held this morning to lay the foundation stone to the Mahinda Rajapakse Stadium in Diyagama in Homagama.

source : http://www.asiantribune.com/index.php?q=node/434
old news and cross-posting news item I know.. But I thought of keeping all sport infrastructure under one roof, so I reposted the news here.

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Old April 12th, 2007, 08:23 AM   #16
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Here are the main stadiums in Sri Lanka, I think Galle might be 25,000 capacity when rebuilt...

A 3 Tenant/use City Stadium Capacity Built Seats

LKA National Stadium Colombo Premadasa Stadium 40 000 - -

LKA National Team Dumbulla Rangiri Dumbulla Stadium 30 000 2001 all-seater

LKA Ratnam SC Colombo Sugathadasa Stadium 25 000 - -
LKA Galle Cricket Club Galle Galle International Stadium 20 000 - -

LKA Tamil Union Cricket Colombo Saravanamuttu Stadium 15 000 1982 all-seater
LKA Athletic Club Colombo Colombo Saravanamuttu Stadium 15 000 1982 all-seater
LKA Multi-use Trincomalee Mc Heyzer Stadium 12 000 - -
LKA Kandy Youth CC Kandy Asgiriya Stadium 10 000 - -
LKA Sinhalese SC Colombo SCC Ground 10 000 1952 all-seater
LKA Moratuwa SC Moratuwa Tyronne Fernando Stadium 10 000 1979 all-seater

LKA Colombo CC Colombo Colombo Cricket Ground 6 000 - -
LKA Saint Anthony's Kandy Katugastota Oval 5 000 - -
LKA Nomads Cricket Club Colombo Victoria Park 5 000 - -
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 07:09 AM   #17
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Sri Lanka Cricket Venues in Detail:

R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo:
Floodlights:Yes
Capacity:40,000
Named after Former Sri Lanka president Ranasinghe Premadasa
End names Khettarama End, Scoreboard End
Home team(s) Sri Lanka



Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium:

Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Capacity: 30,000
Floodlights: Yes
End names Press Box End, Scoreboard End
Home team(s) Sri Lanka



Rebuilt Galle International Stadium:

Galle, Sri Lanka
Capacity: 22,000-25,000
Floodlights: Probably
Also or formerly known as The Esplanade
End names City End, Fort End
Home team(s) Galle Cricket Club

Old Galle Stadium:


New Kandy Palakelle International Cricket Stadium:

Capacity: 25,000
Floodlights: Yes
Completion: Before 2011 Cricket World Cup
Replacing: Kandy Asgiriya Stadium

New Hambanthota International Stadium:

Capacity: 20,000
Floodlights: Yes
Completion: Before 2011 Cricket World Cup

P.Saravanamuttu Stadium:

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Capacity: 15,000
Also or formerly known as Colombo Oval
End names Air Force Flats End, Press Block End
Home team(s) Sri Lanka, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club



Sinhalese Sports Club:

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Also or formerly known as Maitland Place
Capacity 10,000
End names Tennis Courts End, South End
Home team(s) Sinhalese Sports Club



Asgiriya Stadium:

Kandy, Sri Lanka
Capacity: 10,000
End names Hunnasgiriya End, Hanthana End
Home team(s) Kandy Cricket Club



Tyronne Fernando Stadium:

Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Capacity: 10,000
Also or formerly known as Moratuwa Stadium; De Zoysa Stadium
End names Press Box End, Katubadda End
Home team(s) Moratuwa Sports Club


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Old April 22nd, 2007, 07:31 AM   #18
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Are they going to install Digital screens before world cup?
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 07:40 AM   #19
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I dont know... electronic scoreboards surely for the big grounds but Large screens, not sure...
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Don't tell me they don't have Digital Screens setup by now in the major grounds, that would be a shame considering we are a major cricket nation :P
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