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Rose Bowl Stadium Southampton Seating Plan and Capacity, Photos, Boundary length, History, Size and Pitch Details

The Rose Bowl Stadium also known as Ageas Bowl for sponsorship reasons is home to Hampshire County Cricket Club. It was established in 2001. The Hampshire Bowl was designed by award-winning architects Michael Hopkins & Partners. The beautiful stadium is shaped like a circular amphitheatre. And interestingly is the only cricket stadium in England that has a hotel inside the venue. Let’s check out Rose Bowl Stadium Southampton Seating Plan and Capacity, Photos etc.

Rose Bowl Stadium Southampton Seating Capacity

The Ageas Bowl can accommodate a crowd upto 25,000.

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Rose Bowl Stadium Southampton Boundary length

This cricket ground is a big one, having varying boundary lengths on every side. The biggest boundary length is 82 metres and smallest is 76 metres.

Stadium History

Hampshire had played at their Northlands Road headquarters in Southampton since 1885, as well as using Dean Park in Bournemouth, the United Services Recreation Ground in Portsmouth and May’s Bounty in Basingstoke as regular outground venues. But Northlands Road was a cramped location. Hampshire also wanted to encourage international cricket to the county, which would not have been possible with Northlands Road. Talk of a move from Newlands Road had begun as early as 1987. The site was eventually selected just outside Southampton, in West End, on a gently sloping field owned by Queen’s College, Oxford located between the M27 motorway and Telegraph Woods.

In 2003, the ground played host to only the second ever Twenty20 match played. In that match Hampshire hosted Sussex in the Twenty20 Cup. The Rose Bowl hosted its first One Day International (ODI) on 10 July 2003, when South Africa played Zimbabwe in the 2003 NatWest Series. The first Test match at this venue was played on 16th July, 2011 after the ground was renovated. 

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Rose Bowl Stadium Southampton Pitch Details

Rose Bowl Stadium Southampton Seating Plan and Capacity and Pitch Report

The Rose Bowl Pitch often remains a flat one and suited for batting in white ball formats and that should not be changing for India vs England T20I too. It does not have any grass and the only source of encouragement for bowlers is some assistance from the weather. We might just see a high-scoring T20I match on Thursday.

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