Ageas Bowl Redevelopment
Prior to being able to host test matches, the Ageas Bowl had to undergo a redevelopment process in 2008. Prior to this, the ground only had a permanent seating capacity of 6,500, but temporary erections would increase this to 15,000 for major matches. Now, the permanent capacity is 15,000 and increases to 25,000 for the bigger matches.
International Matches at the Ageas Bowl
As well as hosting Hampshire CCC, the ground has also been home to a number of England internationals. ODIs have been held at the ground since 2003, and international test matches since 2011. It has also hosted a number of Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) since 2005 – most notably England’s first T20 international, where they beat Australia by 100 runs.
In 2019, the Ageas Bowl will host games in the Cricket World Cup, featuring England, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, South Africa and the West Indies.
Other Events at the Ageas Bowl
Annually, the Bowl is home to one of the biggest Bonfire Night fireworks displays in the UK. Each year this attracts thousands to the area.
It has also a served as a fantastic location for many large scale music concerts. Oasis, Billy Joel, The Who, Neil Diamond, REM, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams and Little Mix have all performed sets at the Ageas Bowl. Oasis hold the attendance record at the venue, with over 35,000 people in the stands and on the pitch making their way to see the concert.