Edgbaston is the fourth largest cricketing venue in the UK with a permanent capacity of 25,000 and has played host to some iconic sporting events over the years. Located in the heart of the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, it is the permanent home of the Warwickshire County Cricket Club and is thought by many in the sport to be one of the best grounds in cricket. Its history spans more than a century and, for cricket lovers everywhere, it is a place of pilgrimage to enjoy the magnificent grounds and see matches that represent the pinnacle of the sport.
The History Of Edgbaston
On 7 June 1886, Warwickshire’s first match took place at Edgbaston against the Marylebone Cricket Club. The land on which the ground stands was originally owned by the Calthorpe Estate, which developed the Manor of Edgbaston. During the development it was felt that a cricket ground would be perfect for the genteel aesthetic that the developers were looking for and so Edgbaston cricket ground was constructed. Since then it has grown to an international venue hosting some memorable matches – the first test match at Edgbaston, for example, was the first in The Ashes series against Australia in 1902. Edgbaston has also seen some cricketing firsts – in 1997 it hosted the first competitive floodlit day-night cricket match in the UK.
How To Get To Edgbaston
Edgbaston is located in Birmingham and, whether you’re local to the West Midlands, or coming from elsewhere it’s very easy to get to the ground. The area itself is an affluent suburb of the city, located around two or three miles from the centre.
- By car – roads such as the A456 connect Edgbaston to Birmingham city centre and the A38, which runs all the way down to Cornwall, passes right through the area. However, it’s worth noting that the streets around the ground are residential and Edgbaston parking restrictions are tight. So, for anyone planning a trip to the ground, it’s a better idea to take public transport.
- By train - Birmingham New Street station is just two miles from Edgbaston cricket ground. There are regular arrivals from all over the country, including London, which is just, and hour and a half away by rail. City centre stations Moore Street and Snowhill are just over three miles away.
- By bus - National Express West Midlands is the official shuttle bus provider for the ground and runs regular services between 9am and 11am from Smallbrook Queensway in the city centre. Local 45 and 47 buses drop off at Pershore Road, which is just two minutes away from the Edgbaston ground.
Edgbaston TicketsEdgbaston tickets are incredibly popular with cricketing fans who come from all over the country - and the world - to see nail biting matches and top players perform. There are Edgbaston tickets available via the Edgbaston website with various locations to choose from, including the South Lower stand, Eric Hollies stand,Raglan and RES Wyatt stands. Many people prefer to experience the cricket here as part of an Edgbaston hospitality package, which provides, not only exceptional views of the matches, but also delicious dining and a plentiful supply of high quality drinks.
Keith Prowse is the official hospitality provider at the Stadium, providing a range of carefully tailored Edgbaston hospitality packages that are designed to deliver an exceptional day out. For those seeking out a sociable hospitality experience, the Warwickshire Suite, for example, has pitch side views from an exclusive shared restaurant and there are also various options for small groups, such as the RES Wyatt Boxes. Top category tickets include a range of features, such as a champagne reception and an incredible and memorable culinary experience.
What’s On In Summer 2018?
The summer means cricket in Britain and if you’re looking for a way to better get to know the sport then Edgbaston presents plenty of opportunities. From short and punchy one-day matches to a full four-day test with internationally renowned teams, Edgbaston is hosting some awesome cricket in the summer of 2018.
- 27th June - England vs. Australia IT20. T20 matches are short and exciting, limited to just 20 overs of game playanda great way to enjoy a one-day match between two of the world’s most iconic teams. As Australia are current cricket world champions there is an extra element of anticipation for this match.
- 1st August to 5th August – England vs. India Test Match. A classic fixture and a great opportunity to see cricket in all its glory over the full four days.
- 15th September – T20 Blast Finals Day. The T20 Blast is a relatively new cricketing competition that is open to English and Welsh first-class counties. It’s a one day competition designed to be fast paced and exciting – and finals day will be one to remember.