County Ground
1878
1901-1945
6000
Temporary
Pavilion End, Bennett End
Leicestershire
19:55, Wed Sep 28, 2016 (UTC +0100)
Grace Road
 

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India v Zimbabwe - Jun 11, 1983 Scorecard
Scotland v West Indies - May 27, 1999 Scorecard
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Leicestershire Cricket Ground Co bought 16 acres of land from the Duke of Rutland in 1877 and spent the massive sum of £40,000 on developing a cricket club, athletic track and hotel. The first match was played on April 22, 1878 and three months later the venue staged a game against the touring Australians. In 1898, Leicestershire actually beat the Australians. In 1901, the county decided that the ground was too far from the town centre to be economically viable, and they switched to the more central Aylestone Road. They moved out in the war and never returned, instead reverting to Grace Road in 1946, but as tennants of the City Boys Grammar School who by then owned the land. Leicestershire finally reacquired the ground in 1966 and throughout the 1970s and 1980s the venue was improved. so much so that it was awarded two ODIs during the 1999 World Cup. The record attendance was not then, however, but the 16,000 who watched the match against the touring 1948 Australians.
Martin Williamson

Notes

Travel
Train - Leicester is the nearest train station, 2 miles from the ground
Car - Leave the M1 at Junction 21. There is a large car park at the Bennett End of the ground, entrance at Curzon Road, which can accommodate 300 cars and is signposted from both Saffron Lane and Aylestone Road.
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The groundstaff had some mopping up to do, England v Pakistan, 1st women's ODI, Grace Road, June 20, 2016
The groundstaff had some mopping up to do
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Heavy rain delayed the start in Leicester, England v Pakistan, 1st women's ODI, Grace Road, June 20, 2016
Heavy rain delayed the start in Leicester
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Young fans in red headgear cheer for Leicestershire, Leicestershire v Derbyshire, NatWest T20 Blast, North Group, Grace Road, May 22, 2015
Young fans in red headgear cheer for Leicestershire
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The crowd gets settled in for an evening of action, Leicestershire v Derbyshire, NatWest T20 Blast, North Group, Grace Road, May 22, 2015
The crowd gets settled in for an evening of action
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