The Brit Oval in South London is home to Surrey County Cricket Club and seats a capacity crowd of 23,000. The ground also hosts a number of key events each year, including major cricket matches, other sporting events, dinners and special occasions.
The ground is over 150 years old and has witnessed some famous victories, including England’s Ashes win of 2005. Next year, the ground will host the 2009 Ashes.
The inaugural first-class cricket match played at The Oval was in June 1846, when Surrey took on Kent. The Oval was also the first ground in Britain (and second in the world) to host an international cricket game when England played Australia in 1880.
Since 1845 the Oval has developed into one of the world’s leading Test match grounds. The historic pavilion was opened for the season of 1898; while the most recent addition to the ground has been the OCS Stand at the Vauxhall End in 2005.
Other sports to have graced the Oval pitch include rugby union, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, athletics, baseball, roller skating and Aussie Rules Football.