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30th July 2009

Riverside to host Ashes Test Match in 2013

Durham CCC has been working closely with Durham County Council and regional Development Agency, One North East, to secure international cricket in the region, and the associated economic benefits.  The Test will also support Durham’s bid to be City of Culture in 2013 and will be a significant boost to the proposed event schedule.

The England v Australia match is part of a package of games, which will see Riverside host the Twenty20 Cup Finals Day in 2015 and an England Test Match in 2016.  More matches will become available for the period 2012-16 early next year, which Riverside can also bid to host, in addition to the games already secured.

Planning permission has recently been granted to complete the stadium which will have a capacity of 20,000 plus an on-site hotel and additional conference and banqueting facilities.

Durham County Cricket Club Chief Executive, David Harker, said: “As well as producing a winning team it has also been a goal to bring an Ashes Test Match to the region and we’re delighted that North East sports fans will have the opportunity to watch the ultimate clash between England and Australia on their doorstep.  Riverside has a renowned reputation for successfully hosting international fixtures and we can’t wait to begin our preparations for our biggest game to date.” 

Durham CCC Chairman, Clive W Leach CBE, said: “There has been a great deal of work behind the scenes to ensure that Riverside continues to develop in order to maintain its position as a leading international cricket venue.  The completion of the stadium over the coming years, which will increase capacity to 20,000 as well as providing an onsite hotel,  will offer spectators the ultimate cricket experience in what will be a truly world class set up.  For an Ashes Test Match to be played at Riverside will be a huge milestone for Durham County Cricket Club and this achievement is  testament to the hard work of all involved.

Coun Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, said: “This is fantastic news for Durham County Cricket Club and for the wider region.

“Test match cricket being played at the Riverside in 2013 will undoubtedly attract large numbers of visitors to the county, which in turn will bring major benefits to the local economy and provide a huge boost to the tourism industry.

“And, should Durham be successful in its bid to be the first British City of Culture in 2013, the timing of the Ashes coming to County Durham couldn’t be more perfect.”

Stacy Hall, Director of Communications & Tourism at One North East said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear that Durham County Cricket Club will host an Ashes Test Match in 2013. It is fantastic news not only for Durham but also for the whole of the region.

“We have been working closely with the club for several years to ensure they can secure these types of major, high profile events which will help to further raise the profile of the region.”

Current International Cricket confirmed at Riverside 2010 – 2016
2010 – One Day International – Opposition TBC
2011 – Twenty20 Cup Finals Day
2013 – Ashes Test Match – England v Australia
2015 – Twenty20 Cup Finals Day
2016 – Test Match – Opposition TBC.

Previous Test Matches at Riverside
2003 – England v Zimbabwe
2005- England v Bangladesh
2007 – England v West Indies
2009 – England v West Indies