On 4th June 2010; the ground was renamed as the "Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground" for sponsorship reasons and was again renamed in 2016 as "Emirates Riverside" when Emirates' contract with the county extended to 2022.
Prominently known as the home ground of Durham County Cricket Club; Riverside Ground is counted as one of the most favourite domestic cricket venues that have also hosted many significant international matches. The construction work to build a cricket venue began in 1990 in a location viewable from Lumley Castle. The outfield and playing surface were built in 1993. Over time; the ground developed into a standard venue to host cricket matches of international standards. The ground received its Test match status in 2003. From September 2008, another development phase began that included the installation of permanent floodlights, increasing the spectators' seating capacity and construction of a new building to house club shops, club officials' offices and the box office. These developments took place on the opinion of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) so that the ground can be considered to host the 2019 World Cup matches.
In 1999, the ground underwent many significant changes and renovations to host the World Cup matches welcoming the national squads of Scotland, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh.
In 2000, the ground hosted two ODI matches in a triangular series amongst England, West Indies and Zimbabwe.
In 2015, six permanent 55-metre floodlights were erected within weeks to host cricket matches.
The ground witnessed two ODI matches in 2014 and 2015 against Sri Lanka and New Zealand respectively.