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Location: Hamilton, Bermuda
Establishment: 1956 (first recorded match)
Bermuda National Stadium is a multi-purpose sports complex in Devonshire Parish, Bermuda, just to the east of the capital, Hamilton.
The main stadium is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 8,500. The stadium is used by the Bermuda Hogges of the United Soccer Leagues Second Division.
Located just north of the National Stadium is a cricket ground of the same name which is used by the Bermuda cricket team. The first recorded cricket match on the ground came in 1955 when E. W. Swanton's XI played Bermuda. It held its first first-class match when the New Zealanders played Bermuda as part of their tour of the West Indies. The match, which marked Bermuda's debut in first-class cricket, ended in a victory for the New Zealanders by an innings and 31 runs. Thirty-two years later the ground held its next first-class match, involving Bermuda and the United States in the 2004 Intercontinental Cup. Four further first-class matches have been held on the ground, the last of which saw Bermuda play the United Arab Emirates in the 2009-10 ICC Intercontinental Shield.
The ground hosted its first List A match in 2009, when Bermuda played Uganda in a three match series. Two further List A matches were played in a two match series against the United Arab Emirates in 2010. The series against the United Arab Emirates also saw two Twenty20 matches played there. With Bermuda's relegation from 2011 World Cricket League Division Two, the return of major cricket to ground is for the foreseeable future some way off. The pitch at the ground often cited controversy due to its poor quality, meaning when Bermuda had One Day International status they were the only Associate with that status which did not have an ODI accredited ground.
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