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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Cricket fans attending Middlesex’s LV= County Championship match against Sussex starting at Lord’s today will be able to enjoy listening to the live BBC Radio London ball-by-ball commentary in the Ground via a bespoke Lord’s One Tune Radio.
The installation of new equipment at Lord’s this summer by audio solutions provider Sound Decisions, will significantly enhance the quality of the audio description service for visually impaired cricket fans, alongside making non-major match day broadcasts available for all spectators in the Ground to listen to as the action unfolds on the field.
For the first time in the Ground’s history, spectators at Lord’s will now be able to listen to live ball-by-ball commentary from BBC Radio London on every Middlesex county match day, and the majority of other non-major match day fixtures, such as the Inter-Services Twenty20 competition, as delivered by MCC’s own team of volunteer commentators.
Blind and partially sighted visitors to Lord’s can collect a Lord’s One Tune Radio free of charge from the Head Steward's Office (positioned behind the Mound Stand), and all other spectators can purchase one for themselves on non-major match days for just £5 from the Lord’s Shop.
The audio description equipment upgrade at Lord’s follows a hugely successful bespoke tour of the Ground for blind and partially sighted cricket enthusiasts earlier this summer. Organised in partnership with the RNIB, attendees were guided around the Pavilion, J.P. Morgan Media Centre, MCC’s Real Tennis Court, in addition to getting the opportunity to handle artifacts from the MCC Museum.
Speaking about the new Lord’s One Tune Radios, MCC’s Head of Cricket and Estates, John Stephenson, said:
“The installation of the new audio description equipment and launch of the Lord’s One Tune Radios represents the latest step to ensuring that Lord’s maintains its reputation as the best ground in the world to watch and experience cricket. From the eagerly anticipated England v Australia Test Match in July, to the National Village Cup Final in September, and Middlesex fixtures throughout the season, cricket fans in the Ground can now enjoy listening to live ball-by-ball commentary on nearly every match day at Lord’s.
“The equipment upgrade will also ensure the provision of a high quality audio description service for blind and partially sighted visitors to the Ground. Since the launch of the ball-by-ball commentary service at Lord’s in 2006, MCC has worked closely with the RNIB to provide opportunities for visually impaired fans to enjoy and experience cricket at Lord’s, and the bespoke tour for blind cricket fans represents another successful example of this ongoing partnership.”
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Notes to editors:
Founded in 1787 MCC is the guardian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket, and represents an innovative independent voice in the world game. It is also the world’s most active cricket-playing club, and alongside fulfilling over 500 cricket fixtures every year, MCC also owns and maintains Lord’s Cricket Ground. Over £50 million has been invested in ground improvements at Lord’s over the last twenty years.
In 2006, in partnership with the RNIB, MCC launched a pioneering audio description service, which enabled blind and partially sighted visitors in the Ground to listen to live ball-by-ball commentary on nearly every match day at Lord’s via a specialist headset and receiver. The new equipment installed at Lord’s this summer will significantly enhance the quality of the audio description service for visually impaired cricket fans, who can collect a Lord’s One Tune Radio free of charge from the Head Steward's Office (positioned behind the Mound Stand).
For further information about the MCC Audio Description Service, please visit: http://www.lords.org/visiting/coming-to-lords/ball-by-ball-commentary/
In 2013 nearly every match day at Lord’s will have live ball-by-ball commentary. Commentaries on major match days (Tests and ODIs) are provided by BBC Test Match Special; Middlesex county fixtures are covered by BBC Radio London; and this summer MCC’s team of volunteer commentators will also cover six other fixtures at Lord’s:
To view a full fixture list for Lord’s in 2013, please visit: http://www.lords.org/fixtures/
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