If you have witnessed a cricket match at Trent Bridge, you know what we are talking about. If you haven’t, you are in for a sweet treat. With a capacity of 17,500, this stadium is considered one of the best stadiums in the world to watch cricket. Some matches of the ICC World Cup 2019 will also be held at Trent Bridge.
It gets its name from the nearby bridge over the Trent River. The stadium, which is more than a century old, hosts Test, One-Day and country cricket matches. What’s more, the Trent Bridge pavilion has one of the most renowned trademarks of cricket because it faces the wicket at an angle.
The ground was officially first opened in 1841 by William Clarke, husband of the proprietress of the Trent Bridge Inn, Mary Chapman. Clarke was the Captain of the All England Cricket Team at the time. The stadium has been in play for cricket matches since the 1830s. The year 1838 records the first cricket match while 1899 records the first test match, played between England and Australia.
Ever since then, it has witnessed some of the best moments in cricket history. Sachin Tendulkar passed his 11,000th run in July 2007 at Trent Bridge. In terms of test matches, the highest team total of 658 (1938) and lowest total of 60 (2015) were recorded here and both times, the match was between England and Australia.
There is also a Trent Bridge Inn a few minutes away that has been standing strong since before the stadium was set up. Trent Bridge Inn plays an important role in the history of the stadium and its relationship with cricket. In case you were not able to witness the cricket craze from the stadium, worry not for the Trent Bridge Inn has got you covered with their live screenings of the matches.
From local elders seeking their weekly entertainment to suited businessmen shedding their professional stance for a while to curious travellers looking to complete one adventure of their list, everyone pays a visit to the iconic pub. The constant chants and delicious food to enjoy will keep you pumped, even long after the match is over. The most endearing thing about Trent Bridge Inn is that the atmosphere is still the same as it was all those decades ago.
ICC World Cup 2019 is currently underway and five matches will be held at Trent Bridge.