Bristol County Ground

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Bristol County Ground
Fry's Ground, Nevil Road
Ground information
LocationAshley Down, Bristol
Coordinates51°28′38.01″N 2°35′02.96″W / 51.4772250°N 2.5841556°W / 51.4772250; -2.5841556Coordinates: 51°28′38.01″N 2°35′02.96″W / 51.4772250°N 2.5841556°W / 51.4772250; -2.5841556
17,500 for internationals[1]
End names
Ashley Down Road End BristolCountyCricketGroundPitchDimensions.svg
Bristol Pavilion End
International information
First ODI13 June 1983:
 New Zealand v  Sri Lanka
Last ODI4 July 2021:
 England v  Sri Lanka
First T20I28 August 2006:
 England v  Pakistan
Last T20I8 July 2018:
 England v  India
First women's Test16–19 June 2021:
 England v  India
First WODI21 July 1984:
 England v  New Zealand
Last WODI16 September 2021:
 England v  New Zealand
First WT20I25 June 2011:
 England v  Australia
Last WT20I31 July 2019:
 England v  Australia
Team information
Gloucestershire (1889 – present)
As of 16 September 2021
Source: CricInfo

The Bristol County Ground (also known as Nevil Road and currently known as the Seat Unique Stadium for sponsorship reasons[2]) is a senior cricket venue in Bristol, England. It is in the district of Ashley Down. The ground is home to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.


Initially known as Ashley Down Ground, it was bought in 1889 by W. G. Grace and has been home to Gloucestershire ever since. It was sold to local confectionery firm J. S. Fry & Sons and renamed Fry's Ground. The club bought the ground back in 1933 and it reverted to its original name. It was sold again in 1976, this time to Royal & Sun Alliance who renamed the ground the Phoenix County Ground for eight years before changing to The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground until the ground was again bought by the club and took it up its current title.

The ground hosts One Day Internationals, usually one per year, with the addition of temporary seating to increase the ground's capacity. England faced India in 2018 and Pakistan in 2019 at the ground. In addition, three matches were scheduled to be played at the ground as part of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[3] Of these three, 2 were abandoned without a ball being bowled due to bad weather. The only match played was Australia v Afghanistan - a match Australia won by 7 wickets.

The ground has long boundaries in comparison to most county cricket clubs.

The former concrete roof over the public terraces, which has now been demolished, was formed from eight hyperbolic-paraboloid umbrellas each approximately 30 square feet (2.8 m2), designed by T.H.B. Burrough in 1960.[4]


In July 2009, Gloucestershire C.C.C. announced plans to redevelop the ground into a 20,000-capacity stadium, with an aim to retaining one day international status.[5][6] The ground now includes a world class media centre and conference facilities. To help fund the project, student accommodation is included in the development. In March 2010, Bristol City Council gave the go-ahead for the new ground.[7]

The following year, the club revised its plans due to concerns from residents on the adjacent Kennington Avenue over permanent stands at the boundary of their property. The permanent capacity will now be raised to 7,500 (8,000 including the semi-permanent Hammond Roof) with temporary seating increasing capacity to 17,500,[8] but with other changes still implemented: new pavilion, new conference facilities and the construction of new stands (including the demolition of the Jessop stand and Tavern and the rebuilding of the Mound stand to a fixed capacity of 4,500) and 147 apartments in three blocks. These plans were approved on 31 May 2012 and development began in October 2012. The Bristol Pavilion opened in August 2013.[9] Permanent floodlights were approved by Bristol City Council in April 2015, which were installed ready for the start of the 2016 season and which will allow the club to continue to host international matches as well as the four 2019 Cricket World Cup matches it has been allocated.[10]

Transport connections[edit]

Montpelier railway station is under 1 mile (1.6 km) from the ground. Mainline stations Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway are 2.5 miles (4.0 km) and 3.8 miles (6.1 km), respectively, from the ground. Former station Ashley Hill was situated outside the ground but was closed in 1964. There are plans to reopen the station as part of the Greater Bristol Metro proposals.

International centuries[edit]

One-Day International centuries[edit]

The following table summarises the One-Day International centuries scored at Bristol County Ground.[11]

No. Score Player Team Balls Opposing team Date Result
1 140* Sachin Tendulkar (1/2)  India 101  Kenya 23 May 1999 Won
2 104* Rahul Dravid  India 109  Kenya 23 May 1999 Won
3 102 Ricky Ponting  Australia 101  England 10 June 2001 Won
4 113 Sachin Tendulkar (2/2)  India 101  Sri Lanka 11 July 2002 Won
5 106 Andrew Flintoff  England 121  New Zealand 4 July 2004 Lost
6 102 Moeen Ali  England 57  West Indies 24 September 2017 Won
7 151 Imam-ul-Haq  Pakistan 131  England 14 May 2019 Lost
8 128 Jonny Bairstow  England 93  Pakistan 14 May 2019 Won

T20 International centuries[edit]

There has only been one T20 International century at this venue.[12]

No. Score Player Team Balls Opposing team Date Result
1 100* Rohit Sharma  India 56  England 8 July 2018 Won

Women's One-Day International centuries[edit]

The following table summarises the women's One-Day International centuries scored at Bristol County Ground[13]

No. Score Player Team Balls Opposing team Date Result
1 104 Meg Lanning (1/2)  Australia 98  England 23 July 2015 Won
2 106* Suzie Bates  New Zealand 109  Sri Lanka 24 June 2017 Won
3 178* Chamari Atapattu  Sri Lanka 143  Australia 29 June 2017 Lost
4 152* Meg Lanning (2/2)  Australia 135  Sri Lanka 29 June 2017 Won
5 147 Sarah Taylor  England 104  South Africa 5 July 2017 Won
6 148 Tammy Beaumont  England 145  South Africa 5 July 2017 Won
7 106 Poonam Raut  India 136  Australia 12 July 2017 Lost

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The many shapes of England's cricket stadiums". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Gloucestershire's Bristol home renamed as Seat Unique Stadium after signing historic Ground Naming Rights deal". Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. 8 March 2022.
  3. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 schedule announced". ICC. 14 June 2019.
  4. ^ Burrough, THB (1970). Bristol. London: Studio Vista. ISBN 0-289-79804-3.
  5. ^ "Cricket ground's future unveiled". BBC Bristol Sports. BBC News. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Club Statement to Members". Gloucestershire Cricket. Archived from the original on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Go-ahead to expand cricket club". BBC News. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Gloucestershire County Cricket Club alters ground plans". BBC West. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Grounds for Celebration". Venue. Bristol. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Floodlight planning application approved". Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. 29 April 2015. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  11. ^ "County Ground, Bristol / Records / One-Day Internationals / High scores". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  12. ^ "High scores in T20I at Bristol".
  13. ^ "Batting records | Women's One-Day Internationals | Cricinfo Statsguru | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 July 2017.