The 1st Central County Ground - Sussex Ground Guide

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Last Updated: April 15, 2021

Ground Facts

Opened: 1872
Capacity: 6,000
Names: County Cricket Ground
Team: Sussex
Address: The 1st Central County Ground, Eaton Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3AN

Further Reading

Sussex Official

The County Cricket Ground in Hove is also known as The 1st Central County Ground due to a sponsorship deal. It is located in East Sussex, England, and home to Sussex County Cricket Club, where they have played most of their matches since 1872.

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History

Even today Sussex County Cricket Club continue to play some of their games here, as well as using Arundel Castle Cricket Ground and Horsham Cricket Ground. The County Cricket Ground in Hove is well known to be one of the only cricket grounds in England to have deckchairs as spectator seating, decorated in the colours of Sussex County Cricket Club which are blue and white – making for a gorgeous afternoon of cricket spectating in summer. In 1997, the County Cricket Ground in Hove also became one of the first grounds to install permanent floodlights for day / night cricket matches, and the second – only behind Edgbaston Cricket Ground – to host these day / night matches in England.

Sussex County Cricket Club previously played their home games at Royal Brunswick Ground. In 1871, the land was bought to make the County Cricket Ground in Hove, which was previously a barley field. The turf from the Royal Brunswick Ground was then brought to the County Cricket Ground in Hove in 1872. A year later Sussex County Cricket Club bowled Worcestershire Cricket Club out for 19. Between 1884 and 1885, the public raised £4,400 towards the purchase of the ground, with the Earl of Sheffield contributing an additional £600 to bring the total to £5000.

In the 20th century, the County Cricket Ground in Hove was used for other cricket matches as well as those of Sussex County Cricket Club, such as a charity match in 1927 between the ‘Jockeys’ and the ‘Racing Press’. This was in aid of the Royal Sussex County Hospital and the Royal Alexendra Children’s Hospital. There was also an annual match held at the County Cricket Ground in Hove between the ‘Travellers’ (any local commercial travellers) and the ‘Grocers’ (any local grocers). 2003 was a year to remember for Sussex County Cricket Club, when they won their first County Championship title. To make it more special, they won their title at the County Cricket Ground in Hove. This was repeated again in 2007 by Sussex County Cricket Club.

In 1999, the County Cricket Ground in Hove hosted its first One Day International cricket match between South Africa and India. This was part of the Group A competitions in the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup. South Africa won this match by 4 wickets. The County Cricket Ground in Hove also hosted two Test matches in The Women’s Ashes in 1987 and later in 2005. 8 years later they hosted two One Day Internationals in the 2013 Women’s Ashes. This number of women’s cricket matches perhaps show the County Cricket Ground in Hove as a more ‘accepting’ and ‘forward thinking’ ground given other ground’s low records of women’s cricket matches.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Sussex's The 1st Central County Ground:

Visiting the Ground - Travel

Stadium Map

The 1st Central County Ground is located on the south coast of England in the iconic seaside town Brighton.


Driving

For the Satnav use BN3 3AN. Unfortunately, there is no matchday parking at the Ground but Brighton is littered with Car Parks for eager seaside patrons. The nearest car park is the Norton Road Car Park which is just West of the Ground.

Train - Public Transport

Hove Railway station is just 10-minute walk from the ground and connected to the Southern Railway network with regular trains to London. If travelling from London you will reach Brighton Station first which you may want to get off at as there are bus stops and taxi ranks to take you to the ground, and Brighton has trains arriving and departing to it. If you fancy a bit of a walk Brighton is 1 and a half miles from the Ground so will only take you about 20 minutes.

Airports and Flying

Although Brighton has it’s own airport, Brighton City Airport, there aren’t many international flights. The nearest airport is London Gatwick to the north of Brighton. Driving will take you about 45 minutes to get to the ground, while getting a train can take up to an hour to get to the Ground.

Further Reading

Sussex Official