The stadium has been named in the honour of former cricket legend Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards.
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium was established in 2006 to host the Cricket World Cup matches of 2007 (where it hosted the Super 8 matches). It is amongst those few stadiums in the Antigua known for its various facilities to host cricket matches with a unique underground passageway for cricket teams to move in. On 13th February 2009, the ground hosted its second Test match against England which was abandoned just after ten balls because of the dangerous outfield conditions. To manage pitch conditions, the ground staff applied an extra layer of sand that proved to be a hurdle for the West Indies bowlers Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor. Thus, the sandy outfield gained the title of "Antigua's 366th Beach" after 365 natural beaches of the island.
The north and south ends of the ground were renamed as the Curtly Ambrose End and the Andy Roberts End in the honour of two cricket legends of West Indies, Sir Curtly Ambrose and Sir Andy Roberts, before hosting the first Test match against the team of England.
The ground witnessed its first test match on 30th May 2008 between West Indies and Australia and resulted in a draw.
There are two main stands- the five-storeyed South Stand and the Northern Stand.
The stadium also includes practice pitches for cricket teams along with training infrastructure and the Media centre.
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