The beauty of Hove is the balance the ground has between modernity and history, with the venue still keeping its historical values despite massive development plans at the ground being approved in 2020.
The County Ground was originally a barley field until it was bought in 1871 to become the home of Sussex, and the location has since seen a drastic change in the surrounding area, with flats now outlining the ground which is often basked in the sunlight of the south coast.
Despite being almost 150 years old, the ground is very much capable of generating rapturous atmospheres during T20 games. Despite this, it has failed to attract the attention of the ECB, with just a handful of international fixtures being allocated to Hove in the past 20 years.
Hove was the first cricket ground to install permanent floodlights and the second ground after Edgbaston to host a day/night match in England in 1997.
It was, until 2019, the home of the Kia Super League final, with three of the four finals in the competition’s brief history being hosted there. The 2019 finals day drew in a record all-time crowd for a domestic women’s cricket match, with 3,413 people in attendance.