The Oval

The Oval, known for sponsorship reasons as the Kia Oval,[2][3] is an international cricket ground in Kennington, in the London Borough of Lambeth, in south London.[4] The Oval has been the home ground of Surrey County Cricket Club since it was opened in 1845.[5][6][7] It was the first ground in England to host international Test cricket in September 1880.[8][9] The final Test match of the English season is traditionally played there.

The Oval
The Oval Pavilion
Ground information
LocationKennington, London
Coordinates51°29′1″N 0°6′54″W
Establishment1845
Capacity27,500[1]
OwnerDuchy of Cornwall
OperatorSurrey County Cricket Club
End names
Vauxhall End
Pavilion End
International information
First Test6–8 September 1880:
 England v  Australia
Last Test2–6 September 2021:
 England v  India
First ODI7 September 1973:
 England v  West Indies
Last ODI1 July 2021:
 England v  Sri Lanka
First T20I28 June 2007:
 England v  West Indies
Last T20I20 May 2014:
 England v  Sri Lanka
First women's Test10–13 July 1937:
 England v  Australia
Last women's Test24–28 July 1976:
 England v  Australia
Only WT20I19 June 2009:
 England v  Australia
Team information
Surrey (1846–present)
Corinthian-Casuals (football) (1950–1963)
As of 2 September 2021
Source: ESPNcricinfo

In addition to cricket, The Oval has hosted a number of other historically significant sporting events. In 1870, it staged England's first international football match, versus Scotland.[10] It hosted the first FA Cup final in 1872,[11][12] as well as those between 1874[13] and 1892.[14] In 1876, it held both the England v. Wales and England v. Scotland rugby international matches and, in 1877, rugby's first varsity match.[15] It also hosted the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.


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