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The Riverside Cricket Ground is based in Chester-le-Street in County Durham and it was first established in 1995. It currently has a capacity of 5000 for Domestic matches and 17000 for Internationals. The first cricket match to be played at the Riverside was a County Championship match between Durham and Warwickshire on 18th May 1995.
The ground has also played host to a plethora of international cricket matches over the years. The first significant international fixture came in 1992 when Durham took on New Zealand who were on a tour of England. It went on to become the first new Test ground since 1902 when England played against Zimbabwe in 2003. The Riverside also hosted two World Cup matches in 1999.
With the new cricket fixtures announced, Ben Stokes’ side is preparing for an international series and a busy summer in 2024. Cricket fans are guaranteed to witness a plethora of world class cricket players in action at The Riverside.
Riverside Cricket Ground Hospitality
In 2024, England Cricket team take on Australia for a One Day International.
One Tuesday 24th September 2024, you and your guests are invited to enjoy premium hospitality for the England v Australia ODI fixture. Don’t miss this exciting clash with our official corporate hospitality packages – offering balcony viewing, afternoon tea, complimentary bar and much more.
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Discover More About Riverside Cricket Ground
In the early 1990s, Durham CCC was clearly capable of making it to first-class cricket, but were restricted by their existing ground. The Riverside ground was commissioned and it was completed in 1995, seeing its first game that year. The ground has a full capacity of 17,000, and other features were added to the ground over the years after.
The inaugural match was against Warwickshire, in May 1995. The ground first held test matches four years later in 1999, with the teams of Pakistan, Scotland, Australia and Bangladesh heading to Emirates Riverside. Following this a year later was a triangular series between England, Zimbabwe and the West Indies of which two games were held at here.
Riverside has hosted a total of six test matches, most notably a 2013 Ashes. This match saw England win in one of the most evenly matched Ashes series to date, where two of the five games ended up draws.
Riverside has also been host to many concerts in the past, with acts such as Sir Paul McCartney and Little Mix playing there. As a concert venue, there is a capacity for 20,000 music fans to attend.
Having had Riverside ICG built in the mid-1990s, the team were finally allowed to make their way to first-class cricketing successes. It took them just over 20 years to claim their first County Championship in their final game of the season, playing Kent away at Canterbury. This game also saw Kent relegated, as Durham moved 8 points clear of runners up Nottinghamshire.
Just a year later they retained their title again, by beating Nottinghamshire in another close title race, winning by an innings and 52 runs. The two counties can’t seem to be in a title race without each other, as Durham beat them to take the title, by eight wickets, in the 2013 campaign again.
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How do I get to The Riverside Cricket Ground by Car?
The ground’s postcode is: DH3 3SH. Please note that it is not recommended that you park in the residential areas that surround the ground. The Riverside is located just under a mile away from Chester-le-Street front street.
It is also 10 miles away from Newcastle Upon Tyne and just four miles outside Durham. There are various car parks available near the ground itself such as the Civic Centre (Long Stay), Lucy Street (Long Stay), Osbourne Road (Short Stay) and Middle Chare (Short Stay).
How do I get to The Riverside Cricket Ground by Bus?
One of the closest bus stations to The Riverside Cricket Ground is at the Market Place (up to 15 minute talk from the ground). The nearest one to the ground is at The Black Horse, just south of the Market Place.
The specific bus services that pass near the Riverside Cricket Ground is the 71, 78, X12 and X21.
How do I get to The Riverside Cricket Ground by Train?
The Chester-le-Street Station is the closest to the ground and it served by the Northern Rail, Cross-country and First Trans Pennine services that run regularly to and from the station from various locations.
There is a shuttle bus service available at the Chester-le-Street Station that go to and from the Riverside Cricket Ground.
East Coast Services from Edinburgh and London DO NOT call at Chester-le-Street Station.
How do I get to The Riverside Cricket Ground by Taxi?
There are plenty of Taxi services available to travel to The Riverside Cricket Ground. They can be found in the Chester le Street Market Place, Bus and the railway station. Contact details can be found in the reception area at the ground itself.
Riverside Cricket Ground FAQs
Can I bring Alcohol into The Riverside?
Yes, for domestic matches you can bring a limited amount of alcohol, although the upper family stand remains alcohol free. For the Vitality Blast, no alcohol or glass is permitted to enter the ground.
Is there wheelchair accessibility The Riverside?
Yes, all stands at The Riverside have wheelchair access via lifts, ramps which are located on the ground floor.
Where are the wheelchair bays at The Riverside to watch matches?
There are a total 31, and they are located at the County Ground and the Don Robson pavilion.
Are guide dogs allowed in the ground
Yes, all guide dogs are allowed into The Riverside Cricket Ground.
Are there any bars in the ground?
Yes. One in particular is ‘The Sticky Wicket’ which is a family friendly sports bar that plays host to live music with a plethora of food and drink available to purchase. There is also a Sunday Lunch menu available. It is also a place where you can watch plenty of live sport.
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