Home captain Mahela Jayawardene has described Sunday's ICC World Twenty20 final against West Indies as "the biggest match ever staged in Sri Lanka".
Jayawardene's team booked their place in the showpiece with a 16-run win over Pakistan on Thursday, thanks in part to his innings of 42 at the top of the order and the fine spin bowling of Rangana Herath in particular.
"Absolutely, this is the biggest match ever staged in Sri Lanka," he said. "It's unfortunate the capacity is only 35,000, but it's great that there is all this enthusiasm."
He added: "I know the people who come in will have a great time. But the rest of the fans will find a way of supporting us.
"I know their thoughts and prayers will be with the team, and I really appreciate that."