The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl is the new stadium for Hampshire County Cricket Club. It's also used for some international matches. It is one of the biggest cricket grounds in the country, with a capacity of 25,000 and a lovely setting, surrounded by green hills. In 2010 it hosted England internationals v Australia and Pakistan, and it 2011 it will be the venue for a test match v Sri Lanka.
Hampshire CCC are in the top divisions of the County Championship. They won the T20 Trophy in 2010, the Friends Provident Trophy in 2009, the C&G Trophy in 1991 and 2005, the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1988 and 1992, the 1-Day League Championship in 1975, 1978 and 1986, and the County Championship in 1961 and 1973. They are currently one of the strongest teams in the country and expected to win more honours in 2011. Famous players have included Barry Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall and possibly the greatest bowler of all-time, Shane Warne.
Matches are played from mid-April through to late September. Tickets for county matches cost £15 per day, while England games cost around £50. Car parking costs £8. For England games there is a free park-and-ride scheme.
Equipment: Take warm clothes as, even in summer, there is a cold wind swirling around inside the bowl.
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St Mary's Stadium
St. Mary's Stadium is the home of Southampton Football Club. It has also been used for international matches.
Southampton Football Club was founded in 1885 and by the early 1900s, led by the legendary C. B. Fry, they were one of the top football clubs in Europe, as witnessed by the fact that they defeated the full French national team 14-0. It was a Southampton player, Charles Miller, who first introduced football to Brazil.
Southampton have played in 4 FA Cup Finals, most recently in 2003, when they lost 1-0 to Arsenal. After they defeated Manchester United 1-0 in the 1976 FA Cup Final, a quarter of a million people poured out onto the streets to see the victorious team tour the city in an open-top bus.
They are nicknamed the Saints, after the Club's original name of Southampton St. Mary's and the fans' anthem, "Oh when the Saints go marching in" is now copied by football fans the world over.
Famous players who have played for Southampton include Sir Alf Ramsey, Ted Drake, Terry Paine, Alan Shearer, Peter Shilton, Alan Ball, Dave Watson, Peter Osgood, Mike Channon and Kevin Keegan.
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Shirley Swimming Pool
Shirley swimming Pool -within easy walking or bike from most student housing- lane
swimming at least three times a day, morning, lunchtime and evening.
No leaping screaming kids!£1.80 a swim for students or a six month card for unlimited
sessions for £70.00. Old, traditional four lane 25metre pool.
Bit scruffy around the edges but it's the only one in town.
Shirley Swimming Pool is a privately owned, public swimming pool. Built in 1974 as a dedicated teaching centre, the two pool site offers lessons for every age and ability, starting from 6 months. The main 25 metre pool is available for general swimming and adult lane swimming, whilst the small pool is available for public swimming between lessons.
The pool is open to everyone, for both lessons and general swimming,
throughout the year.
Whether you’re just passing through Southampton and would like a
swim or are looking for a swim school that will provide a friendly and
safe environment for you & your children, I hope the website will provide
you with all the information you need.
Equipment: Swimming trunks or swimsuit
Catching the wave on the QE2
We had a very rough crossing, which generated high surf in the swimming pool. Swimming was NOT recommended!
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