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|Established||Opened Feb 10, 2007|
|Named After||Sir Vivian Richards|
|End Names||Andy Roberts End, Curtly Ambrose End|
|Flood Lights||Four towers, first tested Nov 10, 2006|
|Current Local Time||00:10, Mon Sep 25, 2023|
The decision to replace the popular and atmospheric Antigua Recreation Ground as Antigua's premier venue was a far from popular one, but space limits at the ARG restricted development potential. The new venue, built in time for the 2007 World Cup, has had problems from the start, with serious issues surrounding access to the ground even when crowds are small - and the reluctance of the local population to embrace the more remote new ground meant attendances have been poor. The state of the outfield has also caused concerns from the off, and despite being relaid after the 2008 Australia Test, the 2009 Test against England was farcically abandoned after ten balls because of the sandy and dangerous state of the bowlers' run-ups. It cast doubts over the future of an unloved venue.
The ground is dominated by two large stands, the five-story southern one housing the pavilion as well as corporate suits, the northern one the media. The eastern and western side are made up of burms (terraces) which the architects intended to help the venue retain a more casual Caribbean flavour.