Rose Bowl (cricket ground)

Rose Bowl (Cricket Ground)

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The Rose Bowl is an English cricket ground used for county, One Day International and Test Matches. It is situated at West End, Hampshire, near Southampton, and is home to Hampshire Cricket. The design of the venue is set into an amphitheatre creating a bowl, hence the name. It is one of two new county headquarters built in England in recent years, the first for many decades, the other being Durham's ground at Chester-le-Street. The ends are called the Pavilion End and the Northern End. After well-publicised congestion problems in the early years, the venue has had a second access road built and issues over traffic egress have now been resolved.

The Rose Bowl also acts as a venue for conferences and big-name concerts. Recent acts to have performed at the Rose Bowl include Oasis, The Who, Neil Diamond and R.E.M..


One of Hampshire's aims was to attract international cricket. The old County Ground, Hampshire's home since 1885, no longer had the capability to do this. Land in West End, just outside of Southampton, was chosen as the location for The Rose Bowl. Construction began in March 1997 and was completed in time for the 2001 County Championship. The debut first-class match on the ground was against Worcestershire, ending in a victory by 124 runs for Hampshire.

The Rose Bowl was also selected as one of three venues to host five matches in the ICC Champions Trophy in September 2004, along with The Oval and Edgbaston. Five fixtures were...
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