Ashes Tickets for Durham Test Match on Sale

Tickets for the Ashes 2013 have gone on sale for the Durham Test Match which starts on Monday 1st July 2013. The Brit Oval has also been confirmed to host a test match in 2013. The remaining 3 test matches are to be allocated. There will be 5 one day international (ODI) in 2013 and so far Cardiff, Edgbaston, Headingley Carnegie, and Rose Bowl have been confirmed and Trent Bridge will get the 2 T20 internationals. The Australia tour in 2013 will start in June and end in September taking in 5 Tests, 5 ODIs, 2 T20s.
Durham River Side
The Ashes test at Durham will be the first time that the Riverside has been chosen for an Ashes Test match. The remaining test matchs are open to bids from the other test match grounds. Durham first staged a test match in 2003, there has been 4 test matches there and England have won every one.

The Durham Cricket Ground although called the Riverside Ground due to Naming Rights it is now called the “Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground”
Durham are the newest county in the English County they were granted first class status in 1991. One of the conditions of this new status was that they built a ground which was test match standard.

They chose to build a new ground which overlooks Lumley Castle. The ground was built in phases, and they are still updating it year on year. The Riverside was first used in 1995. The ground capacity is 15,000.
The first international cricket was played in 1999 when they hosted group matches for the cricket world cup. The first one day international played there was in 2000. The first test match at the Durham groun was played in 2003. It has only hosted 4 test matches since then, with the opposition being Zimbabwe in 2003, Bangladesh in 2005 and West Indies in 2007 and 2009.
The first Durham player to hit a century on their home ground was Paul Collingwood who hit a 100 in 2007.

The ground is still being updated latest plans include floodlights, and extending the county durham stand. This will mean the whole ground is permanent seating and will raise the capacity to 20,000. The development will include a new hotel, and club shop. These developments were need to maintain test match status.

The biggest event in the grounds history was announced on 30th July 2009 when it was announced that they would be hosting the fourth test of the Ashes in 2013. Tickets for the Durham Ashes Test Match are on sale now.


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