Key facts

Address Spring Gardens, Bath, BA2 4DS
Capacity 14,500 seats
Build Date 1894


The Recreation Ground, which is also referred to as the Rec, is located in Bath, the UK. It is used for recreational purposes mainly by the local people.

The very first Bath rugby match was held at the ground in 1884. Today, about 1/4 of the Recreation Ground is used by Bath Rugby during the union season. The ground capacity is enough for 14,500 people. The East Stand is temporally installed during the rugby season to provide more places. During the summer, the stand is removed to provide a bigger pitch that is needed for cricket games.

The cricket pitch is mainly used by the local cricket players. The eastern area of the ground is often used by the following local clubs: Croquet Club, Hockey Club, Quidditch Club, and Drama Club. The ground is used for tennis games. Pitches are suitable for non-professionals teams to play football, lacrosse, and volleyball.

Over many years, the Recreation Ground was at high risk of flooding from the River Avon, and that is why an alleviation scheme in case of the flood was created in the 1960s. Anyway, this did not eliminate the risk completely, and that is why the Rec can still suffer from flooding. When it heavy rains, the ground becomes extremely boggy.