Location: Pelham, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
City Oval (formerly Alexandra Park and sometimes called the Pietermaritzburg Oval), is a multi-purpose stadium in Pietermaritzburg.
The 12,000 capacity stadium is currently used predominantly for cricket matches, with the ground being used by KwaZulu-Natal Inland men’s and women’s teams, KwaZulu-Natal and Dolphins (who also play at Kingsmead), and hosted two matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
It is one of only three first-class cricket grounds in the world to have a tree within the boundary ropes (the others being St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury, United Kingdom and VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen, Netherlands), and any cricketer that scores a century or takes a five-wicket haul in a match at the City Oval gets to plant a tree at the ground.
The City Oval Pavilion is based on the design of Queen’s Park cricket ground in Chesterfield, United Kingdom.