Emirates Riverside is staging three group games at the Cricket World Cup:

Friday, June 28 – Sri Lanka vs South Africa

Monday, July 1 – Sri Lanka vs West Indies

Wednesday, July 3 – England vs New Zealand


All three of the matches are scheduled to start at 10.30am, and the gates open two hours before the start of the game. A number of activities will be taking place around the venue, and there will also be a number of food and refreshment stalls.


Two official car parks will be operating at Emirates Riverside for each game staged at the venue.

The Red Car Park is located in the car park directly across the road from the ground, opposite to Bannatynes Gym. The Yellow Car Park is located in Riverside Park, a short walk from the ground via the underpass that runs beneath Ropery Lane.

Car parks open at 7am on the day of each game.

The cost is £20 per car, and there will be NO SALES on the day of the games.

Parking passes can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 0844 499 4466 or visiting the Box Office in person at Emirates Riverside.


Yes. A shuttle bus service will be in operation from Durham station on the day of each of the three games staged at Chester-le-Street.

The cost is £3 per person, per journey. This is payable on the bus and cannot be booked in advance.

There will also be a Park and Ride site running from Rainton Meadows Arena, which is approximately five miles from Emirates Riverside. The postcode for Rainton Meadows is DH4 5PH. The cost is £3 per person for a return journey, and is payable on the bus on the day.


A cash bar will be situated behind the North-East Terrace offering Bira91, Bira IPA, Thatchers Gold and Thatchers Haze, Wolf Blass wine and a selection of soft drinks.

A cash and card bar situated behind the main scoreboard between the gym and Don Robson Pavilion will offer Bira91, Bira IPA, Thatchers Gold and Thatchers Haze, and Wolf Blass wine.

The on-site bar, Sticky Wicket, will be serving Bira91, Bira IPA, Thatchers Gold and Thatchers Haze, Wolf Blass wine, a selection of spirits and a selection of soft drinks.

There is also a bar underneath the County Durham stand offering Bira91, Bira IPA, Thatchers Gold and a selection of spirits and soft drinks.

There will also be a champagne bar, real ale seller, Moxie real ale van & Little Tipple (Pimms, spirits, wine & Bira91) on site.

The following food vendors will be on site: Hog Roast, Gourmet Burgers, Curry (v), Pizza (v, gf), Salt Beef Sandwiches, Suzie Wong Noodles (v), Fish & Chips, Toasties Mac & Cheese (v), Green Gorilla (v, vg, gf) Swing Sausage, Crispy Duck & Chicken Wraps, Shawarma Shish Kebabs, Ice Cream, Do nuts, Bon Bon Sweets, Coffee & Specialty Tea.


The Cricket World Cup website lists the following prohibited items that will not be allowed into the venue:

  • No items which could be used as a weapon including, but not limited to, firearms, knives, flammable items.
  • No pyrotechnic devices including fireworks, explosives, smoke bombs, flares, laser pointers or similar items.
  • Large flags (and those with sticks that protrude more than a hand’s breadth below the flag)
  • Alcohol, glass or cans
  • No professional cameras and video cameras or any photographic equipment, including tripods, used for commercial purpose.
  • No noise producing devices including air horns, portable speakers, PA systems, megaphones or similar items used for amplification or broadcast.
  • No animals except for service animals.
  • No promotional, commercial, political, religious or items deemed offensive of whatever nature, including but not limited to clothing, banners, placards, leaflet, signs or other materials used for ambush marketing or other similar unauthorised promotional purposes.
  • Any other items listed as prohibited items on the applicable venue regulations.
  • Items likely to obscure view or impact spectator experience such as large (golf) umbrellas or oversized hats.
  • Small amounts of food and non-alcoholic drinks for personal consumption can be brought into the venue if in clear, unopened packets, containers or plastic bottles. Empty water bottles are also permitted.


Yes, as well as being the date of the opening World Cup game at Emirates Riverside, Friday, June 28 will also see the official opening of a Cricket World Cup fanzone in the heart of Durham City.

The free-to-enter fanzone, split across Millennium Square and the Market Place, will be open from Friday for three days, showing live matches from the tournament including Friday’s Sri Lanka vs South Africa clash at Chester-le-Street and hosts England taking on India on Sunday.

The ICC’s City Celebrations, which are taking place at ten host venues across the UK, provide the opportunity for local cricket lovers to enjoy an authentic Cricket World Cup experience, and to do so in the company of fans visiting the county for the tournament from home and abroad.

There will also be the chance for fans to try out Street Cricket, which will be hosted in Millennium Place.