The Riverside Ground, also known as Chester-Le-Street, was first used in the 1890s by Chester-Le-Street Cricket Club. However, the development of the ground was not really significant until its home side, Durham, were awarded first-class status in 1992.
From that time onwards the Riverside Ground was made into a world-class venue, and houses over 17000 spectators when full for international games. For domestic games it still holds 5000, much better than many of the other English county grounds.
The venue's development was rewarded when it was given two World Cup matches in 1999, and was also the venue for a NatWest series game the following year.
In 2003 the Riverside Ground was awarded test match status, but will have to stay in-line behind the other English test venues, and thus will have to wait a while before it is home to regular international fixtures.