Ashes cricket fans arrive in Chester-le-Street
9 August 2013 Last updated at 15:28 BST
Thousands of cricket fans streamed into County Durham for the first day of the fourth Ashes test.
It is thought the match at the Chester-le-Street ground will mean a £20m boost for the North East's economy.
Durham County Cricket Club chairman Clive Leach, and England and Australia fans gave their thoughts on the match being held in the region.