County Cricket Ground, Derby

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The 3aaa County Ground
Photo from Racecourse end.JPG
View from the new stand during Derbyshire v Australia tour match - 9 July 2010
Ground information
Location Derby, England
Establishment 1863
Capacity 9,500 (4,000 seated)
End names
Pavilion End
Racecourse End
International information
First ODI 18 June 1983: New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 28 May 1999: New Zealand v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Derbyshire (1871 – present)
As of 26 August 2010
Source: CricketArchive

The 3aaa County Cricket Ground, usually shortened to County Ground and also known as the Racecourse Ground, is a cricket ground in Derby and has been the home of Derbyshire County Cricket Club since at least 1871. As the name implies it originally hosted horse racing.

It also held the games of Derby County Football Club until their move to the Baseball Ground in 1895. The first FA Cup final outside London was held at the ground in 1886 when Blackburn Rovers beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in a replay. England played one football international here, beating Ireland 9-0 in the British Home Championship on 9 March 1895.

The playing area used to feature pitches laid on an east-west axis. Most first-class grounds feature pitches laid north-south to avoid problems with the light from the setting sun. Derbyshire re-laid the pitch on a north-south axis over the 2009/10 winter at a cost of £100,000, ready for the 2010 season. This involved moving some of the floodlights and the electronic scoreboard to suit the new alignment.[1]

In early 2010 a large new 1,800 seat stand was erected at the North end (Racecourse) of the ground, which opened in May.[2] A new marquee was also built next to the media centre which is used for private functions and entertainment during match days.[3]

In 2014 Derbyshire County Cricket Club signed a sponsorship agreement with Derbyshire-based apprenticeship training business Aspire Achieve Advance Ltd (3aaa). This deal resulted in the County Ground being renamed The 3aaa County Ground for the next three years.[4][5] When spoken this is pronounced 'three-a'.[6]

A view of the new stand during the Derbyshire v Australia tour match - 9 July 2010.

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Coordinates: 52°55′39.02″N 1°27′39.97″W / 52.9275056°N 1.4611028°W / 52.9275056; -1.4611028