The Hampshire Bowl will host an ICC Cricket World Cup fixture for the first time in 2019.
It won’t be the first time that Hampshire has hosted World Cup cricket though, as fixtures in the 1983 and 1999 editions were played at the old Northlands Road Ground in Southampton.
The Hampshire Bowl, home of Hampshire County Cricket Club, was opened in 2001 and sits on the outskirts of Southampton on the south coast of England.
It has hosted international fixtures in all three formats, including the first ODI held between South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2003. It was also home to five fixtures in the 2004 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy.
To find out more about the accessible facilities and services at the Hampshire Bowl, check out the CWC19 Access Guide here.
PLAN YOUR JOURNEY
The following information will help you plan your travel to and from the Hampshire Bowl and make your visit as enjoyable as possible.
Plan your journey to and from the match and purchase your tickets in advance.
Allow enough time for your journey and get to the venue in plenty of time, the surrounding area can get extremely busy near the start of the match.
Parking on site or close to the Hampshire Bowl is strictly limited to hospitality guests, pre-booked Hampshire Cricket Members and blue badge holders.
To download the Travel Guide for Hampshire Bowl click here. This can be used on your phone/tablet or printed for use before and during your match day.
Southampton Airport Parkway is the main rail station for the Hampshire Bowl and has good links to London and the Southwest. There is a free shuttle from the station to the ground which takes approximately 15 minutes.
These will run continuously from 8:00 to 11:30 and on a reduced frequency during the match.
If you are coming from Portsmouth and the Southeast it is advised to use Hedge End station where a free shuttle runs direct to the ground.
At both these stations our World Cup Cricketeers will be there to welcome you, help answer any questions and guide you to the shuttle!
Shuttle buses will run continuously once the game has finished.
It is recommended to get your tickets in advance, for more information about train times and to book please visit www.southwesternrailway.com or www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Please be aware that Highways England is upgrading the M27 between junction 4 (M3 interchange) and junction 11 at Fareham, into a smart motorway. Smart motorways are a technology driven approach to tackling the most congested parts of the network. They increase capacity and improve journey reliability, by controlling the flow and speed of traffic and providing driver information displayed on signs.
Construction has now started, and the scheme will be completed by spring 2021. There will be traffic management in place along the M27 between junctions 4 and 11 throughout this time, so we advise road users to plan their journey in advance by visiting the Traffic England website: www.trafficengland.comor by following their Twitter feed: @HighwaysSEAST. Alternatively, please also consider other modes of transport when travelling to the Hampshire Bowl.
For more information on the scheme, visit the Highways England website - www.highwaysengland.co.uk where you can also sign up to receive email updates.
PARK & RIDE
The Hampshire Bowl Park and Ride is located University Sports Ground accessed from Junction 5 of the M27. The cost for this is £20 in advance or £25 on the day and includes the shuttle bus to and from the ground. Visit www.eticketing.co.uk/ageasbowl to book your parking.
Parking is located at the University of Southampton Sports Ground, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, SO50 5PE.
The Car Park will be open from 07:30 am. Shuttle buses will begin at 08:00 am and run continuously until 11:30 am when they will run every 30 minutes. Shuttle buses will run continuously for one hour once the game has finished.
There is clear signage directing you to the Park and Ride. Please exit the M27 at Junction 5 and follow the yellow and black AA signs. Look out for the coloured sticker and number that matches your car park pass hanger.
Please be aware the parking surface is grass.
There are a limited number of parking spaces within a 10-minute walk of the Hampshire Bowl. These are priced at £20 and only available on a pre-booked basis www.eticketing.co.uk/ageasbowl. The parking is located off Botley Road (SO30 3RS) and will be open from 08:00am.
Please exit at Junction 7, M27 and follow yellow and black AA signs to Car Parks 10 and 11. Look out for the coloured sticker and number that matches your car park pass hanger.
Please be aware the parking surface is grass.
There are limited blue badge spaces which must be booked in advance. To book a parking space please call 023 8047 2002 (Opt 2).
If you are planning to travel by private coach, please call 02380 475 606 for more information.
The Hampshire Bowl provides a free motorbike and bicycle storage facility on a first come first served basis. Please head towards the Marshall Drive roundabout and follow directions from our traffic operatives.
First Bus no.8 service connects the Ageas Bowl with Hedge End train station and Southampton city centre. For further information please visit www.firstgroup.com.
DROP OFF & PICK UP / TAXI, PRIVATE HIRE, UBER
Hampshire Bowl has a designated drop off and pick up point for all taxis and private hire vehicles which is located in Car Park 2.
After the match you will be able to get a ‘Hackney taxi’ from the designated rank in Car Park 2.
Pre-booked Taxis operated by Radio Taxis will have a booking desk close to the pick-up area.
Private Hire vehicles including Uber will also have a designated pick up location within this area.
The drop off and pick up location for friends and family is in the Holiday Inn Express Car park accessed off Marshall Drive.
WALK / CYCLE
Cycle storage is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact a steward on arrival.
THINGS TO DO IN HAMPSHIRE
Hampshire is one of the largest and the most populous counties in England with 1.84 million residents and found on England’s sunny South Coast, just an hour’s travel from London. Whilst the county town of Hampshire is Winchester, its two largest cities are Southampton and Portsmouth.
Hampshire is one of only two counties to have two National Parks. The New Forest National Park has an abundance of family friendly attractions, including the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, plus cycling, water sports and horse riding for those looking for something more active. The rolling South Downs National Park is filled with pretty villages, market towns, vineyards and is a great place to explore on foot or bike.
Visitors are spoilt for choice in places to stay, from 5-star hotels with luxurious spas, to boutique establishments in the cities, upmarket pubs with rooms, and a wealth of self-catering properties.
Southampton is famous as the departure port for the Mayflower and Titanic and its importance as a maritime city lives on as Europe’s largest cruise port. Leading museums, art galleries, theatres and shopping destinations provide a wealth of entertainment. The city is also blessed with some of the most complete medieval walls in the country.
Historic Winchester is the former capital of England and its cathedral is the final resting place of Jane Austen, Hampshire’s most famous author. King Arthur’s Round Table in the city’s Great Hall is also popular with visitors from around the world.
Portsmouth is the traditional home of the Royal Navy and where Admiral Lord Nelson’s 18th century flagship HMS Victory and Henry VIII’s Mary Rose can be visited. Charles Dickens was also born and raised in the city.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has a full, dedicated security team working on plans for a safe and secure tournament for all participants and spectators.
We are working with police in all our host cites and the national security services to ensure the security provided at the tournament is of the highest order, while existing security staff at all CWC19 host venues are receiving additional training in the build-up to the tournament.
There will be enhanced security plans at all our host venues with visible security measures taking place, as well as other non-visible measures happening throughout the tournament, inside and outside the stadium.