Cricket in Southampton
The sport of cricket has been associated with Hampshire (the county that encompasses the city of Southampton) since the 18th century. In fact, the Hampshire County Cricket Club was founded way back in 1863 and has its home at the Ageas Bowl in the West End area of our city.
The Ageas Bowl has a capacity for just over 15,000 spectators and is home to country matches, test matches, Twenty20 days and one-day international matches.
There’s strong support for our local team and people travel from all across the globe to watch matches here in Southampton.
The Cricket World Cup 2019 in Southampton
This year, the Ageas Bowl has been host to some of the ICC Cricket World Cup games with South Africa, The West Indies and England already having played matches at the stadium.
Upcoming games include India vs Afghanistan (22 June) and Bangladesh vs Afghanistan (24 June).
The Ageas Bowl is one of only 11 venues across England and Wales to have been chosen for this monumental tournament, a great feat for Southampton!
If you haven’t managed to secure tickets for any of the Cricket World Cup games then be sure to join in with all the cricket excitement at some of our pubs and bars that screen the matches. You may also have been along to the Fanzone set up at Westquay for some of the earlier fixtures.
Fancy a cricket break?
If you are coming to Southampton to watch any games, whether international ones or county fixtures, it’s great to be able to make it even more relaxing by staying over.
The Ageas Bowl actually has a hotel on site; The Hilton at the Ageas Bowl. The hotel has 171 rooms, its own spa facilities, an 18-hole golf course and the first BEEFY’S by Sir Ian Botham restaurant. The hotel also has conference and events facilities so is ideal for business trips too. Plus, many of the hotel rooms overlook the cricket pitch, for cricket lovers this has to be an ideal place to stay surely?!
Alternatively, stay at one of the many hotels, B&Bs or self-catering properties that we have on offer elsewhere in the city. You will find a wide-range of accommodation options to suit all budgets.
The Ageas Bowl’s website has a handy interactive map facility where you can plan your route to the cricket by car, public transport, cycle or foot from the local area so you can be sure to find the most convenient way for you to get there.
Keep an eye on any future cricket fixtures on our website. We look forward to seeing you in our city soon!
If you'd like to know more about the Cricket World Cup in Hampshire click here.