- County Cricket Ground, Bristol
County Ground Ground information Location Nevil Road, Ashley Down, Bristol Establishment 1889 Capacity 8,000
16,000 for internationals
End names Pavilion End
Ashley Down Road End
International information First ODI 13 June 1983: New Zealand v Sri Lanka Last ODI 10 July 2010: England v Bangladesh Domestic team information Gloucestershire (1889 – present) As of 10 March 2010
Initially known as Ashley Down Ground, it was bought in 1889 by W. G. Grace and has been home to Gloucestershire ever since. It was sold to local confectionery firm J. S. Fry & Sons and renamed Fry's Ground. The club bought the ground back in 1933 and it reverted back to its original name. It was sold again in 1976, this time to Royal & Sun Alliance who renamed the ground the Phoenix County Ground for eight years before changing to The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground until the ground was again bought by the club and took it up its current title.
While the ground is steeped in character, it also has the feel of an ageing ground, especially as cricket sees its popularity grow due to the continued success of Twenty20 cricket. Despite this, the ground does host One Day Internationals, usually one per year, with the addition of temporary seating to double the ground's capacity. Day–night matches are possible with the addition of temporary floodlights.
The concrete roof over the public terraces is formed from eight hyperbolic-paraboloid umbrellas each approximately 30 ft square, designed by T.H.B. Burrough in 1960.
Within the ground are tennis and squash courts as well as a gym, which is available to the public.
In July 2009, Gloucestershire C.C.C. announced plans to redevelop the ground into a 20,000 capacity stadium, with an aim to retaining one day international status. The ground will also include a "world class" media centre and conference facilities. The public gym would be upgraded with the addition of a swimming pool. The help fund the project, accommodation for 350 students will be included in the development.
In March 2010, Bristol City Council gave the go-ahead for the new ground. The revised scheme will raise the permanent capacity to 17,500 seats, which the club hope will make it a regular venue for international matches, and one of the host grounds of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
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