Edgbaston Cricket Ground
The Calthorpe Estate originally owned the land that is now Edgbaston Cricket Ground. They believed a cricket ground would be an asset to the Birmingham area and a preferable site for the county headquarters. Rugby and Leamington Spa were considered but with Edgbaston’s grounds being a 20-minute walk away from New Street Station, Warwickshire agreed to lease the land for £5 per acre over a 21-year period starting in 1885.
Less than two decades later, Edgbaston hosted its first test match, which was the very first in the Ashes series in 1902. To accommodate the spectators, the club erected a permanent stand, two temporary stands and facilities for 90 members of the press. Edgbaston were also the first to host a competitive floodlit day-night cricket match in Britain.
It is now the largest cricket ground outside of London and second in the UK, beaten only by Lord’s. It can seat around 25,000 spectators and of all England’s Test Grounds, is the least disrupted by rain.
Enjoy the very best hospitality at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Some important fixtures will be hosted at the ground during 2020 and we can’t wait!
Edgbaston and Cricket News
Established in the 19th century, Edgbaston Cricket Ground is a leading sporting venue in the UK. It has hosted a number of major international matches as well as the T20 Blast Finals Day, and more recently was also chosen to host the Cricket World Cup 2019, which saw England beat long-term rivals Australia in the semi-finals.
In 1886, Edgbaston hosted its first match against the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), attracting 3000 spectators over a period of two days. Two months later, more than 6,000 spectators attended to watch the match against Australia. The stadium can now hold a capacity of 25,000 and every seat tends to be filled during a match.
With Edgbaston Cricket Ground seeing no-end to the high-level cricket encounters in the form of Tests and World Cup matches there’s always thrilling news and headlines from the ground!