2015 was a great year for sport in Nottingham as the city was crowned as ‘England’s Official Home of Sport,’ and for good reason too! If you’re visiting Nottingham or staying over for work then there is plenty to see and do for sports fans.
Trent Bridge – Open since the 1830s, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground host’s matches for both Nottinghamshire County Cricket club and the England national cricket team, and in 2015 saw England to glory against Australia in the 4th Ashes test. It has been home to many cricketing legends, including Stuart Broad who has recently had a Nottingham City tram named in his honour.
The City Ground – Home to football team Nottingham Forest since 1898, The City Ground stands alongside Trent Bridge in West Bridgford. The stadium is the 25th largest football ground in England and was used as a venue in the 1996 UEFA European Football Championships. Nottingham Forest were managed by sporting legend, Brian clough, from 1975-1993, and a statue of Clough stands in Market Square in the centre of Nottingham.
Meadow Lane – Nottingham Forest’s rival team, Notts County Football Club, are just across the road from the City Ground at Meadow Lane football stadium, which they have played at since 1910. Being formed in 1862, Notts County are the world’s oldest football team that is currently playing at a professional level. The grounds are also host to many sporting fixtures for the Universities’ varsity series, in which The University of Nottingham compete with Nottingham Trent University over a number of sports.
National Ice Centre – Home to ice hockey team The Nottingham Panthers and former training ground for Olympic ice-skating legends, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, the National Ice Centre contains the UK’s first twin size Olympic-sized ice rink. This is the perfect venue for professional athletes and families alike to take part in sports, or to see a Panthers game.
National Water Sports Centre – Is located in Holme Pierrepont Country Park, which is a 15-minute drive from Nottingham city centre. This offers a wide variety of water sports and other activities on the River Trent. Activities include white-water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, water-skiing, plus activities out of the water such as high-ropes, mini golf and cycling. It offers lots of fun things to do for family and friends, or even as a corporate team-building trip.
Nottingham Tennis Centre – Nottingham Tennis Centre is the largest of its kind in the country. It hosts a number of prestigious international and national tournaments including the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships. It is also available for use by the local community; it has a café as well as a modern gym facility
So, as you can see, there is plenty on offer in Nottingham for sporting fans, whether you have time to see a game, enjoy a new sporting activity, or just to visit the venues and see them first-hand.