The Oval, officially referred to as the Kia Oval due to commercial sponsorship, is an international cricket ground at Kennington, in the London Borough of Lambeth, South London. The Kia Oval has been the home ground of Surrey County Cricket Club since it was built in 1845. It was the first ground in England to host international Test cricket, in September 1880. The final Test match of the English season is traditionally played there.
In addition to cricket, it has hosted many other important sporting occasions and can lay claim to being the most historically important general Sports Ground in the World. It staged the first FA Cup final in 1872 and was the home of the FA Cup final between 1874 and 1892. In 1870, it staged the first England football international, against Scotland. In 1876, it held England v Wales and England v Scotland Rugby internationals, and in 1877 rugby's first Varsity match.
The ground has hosted many other events, including hockey fixtures, as well as concerts. The Kia Oval has hosted several exhibition matches for Australian rules football. The first such match was held between Carlton and a team of All-Stars in 1972. In 2005, a record crowd for Australian rules football in England (18,884) saw the Fremantle Dockers defeat the West Coast Eagles. In October 2011 the grounds served as the practice facility for the NFL's Chicago Bears. The Bears were in London to play a match against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium as part of the NFL International Series.