KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
Founded in 1787, Marylebone Cricket Club is the most active and famous cricket club in the world and owner of Lord's Cricket Ground - the Home of Cricket.
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Lord’s has once again been overwhelmingly voted the best international ground in the UK by cricket fans.
The Home of Cricket came out on top of a poll conducted for All out Cricket magazine with 65% of those asked choosing Lord’s - up on 44.6% from the last survey in 2008. The second placed ground managed only 13.7% of the vote.
The poll, conducted by commercial property developers Drivers Jonas Deloitte, will be published in full by All Out Cricket (opens in a new window).
Lord’s was also voted the UK cricket ground with the best facilities for spectators for the second time, gaining 40% of the vote compared to 24.5% two years ago.
More than 90% of those asked want Lord’s as one of the five Ashes venues in 2013, more than any other ground.
Best match-day experience
MCC Secretary & Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw was delighted that Lord’s had once again topped the poll.
He said: "It's very satisfying that cricket fans have voted Lord's as their favourite international ground - it's testament to the combination of Lord's traditional, historic charm and the hard work of MCC staff to give spectators the best match-day experience.
"I believe Lord's is the finest place to watch and play cricket in the world, but that doesn't mean we should be resting on our laurels - we always want to improve. Lord's is the Home of Cricket, and MCC wants to keep it that way."
Strive for excellence
Since 2008 MCC has strived to ensure Lord’s remains the leading cricket venue in the UK and the world. Indeed many of those questioned by DJD cited ongoing improvements to the Home of Cricket as one of its major strengths.
The introduction of permanent, world-class floodlights in 2009 in time for the ICC World Twenty20 has added another dimension to watching cricket at Lord’s.
The Lord’s Shop, the largest specialist cricket retail outlet in London, was also redeveloped in 2009 and smaller, ongoing improvements such as the introduction of more padded seating also proved popular.