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The Ashes, Chester-le-Street
09 August, 2013 - 13 August, 2013
Riverside Cricket Ground, Chester-le-Street, Durham
The Riverside Ground is officially called the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, home to Durham Cricket Club. This 4th Ashes test of the 2013 series will be the first Ashes Test hosted at this ground, having lost out to Cardiff to host a 2009 Test.
The club's acceptance into first-class cricket was made conditional on the building of a new Test match-standard cricket ground. Work began on the new ground at the Riverside, a spectacular location overlooked by Lumley Castle, in 1990, and development has continued in phases until the present day. Work on the outfield and playing surface began in 1993. In its first three seasons in the County Championship, the Club played in a variety of locations around the county, but the Riverside ground was pronounced ready for cricket in time for the 1995 season, even though many of the buildings were still temporary or unfinished. The ground hosted its first game, Durham vs Warwickshire, on 18 May 1995.
Other facilities at the ground continued being built over subsequent years, and the club's Don Robson Pavilion was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996. A Bannatyne's Health Club is located on the boundary next to the Don Robson Pavilion. The full ground capacity, including permanent and temporary seating, is 15,000.