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Ground Regulations & Conditions of Sale

By order of the M.C.C. Committee in accordance with M.C.C. Rule 13.2

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1.  Admission Requirements

a.    Marylebone Cricket Club reserves the right of admission to Lord’s Ground, all persons entering which are liable to be searched.
b.    All persons entering Lord’s Ground are admitted subject to the Regulations of M.C.C. who reserve the right to remove from Lord’s Ground any person who refuses to comply with or breaches them, or who refuses to follow the instruction of any person acting for or on behalf of the Club or a member of the police force.


2.  Prohibited and Restricted Behaviour and Items

a.    Any person who makes abusive or threatening comments, whether racially or sexually motivated or otherwise, or who, in any way, acts in an abusive or threatening manner, or whose presence (in the Club’s reasonable opinion) is a source of danger, nuisance or annoyance to others, may be subject to ejection from the Ground and any such other action as may be determined by the Club.
b.    A person wearing a kirpan may be admitted to Lord’s Ground so long as such kirpan is no more than six inches in length (blade and handle), in a sheath and worn under a shirt or a similar garment; and is being carried as part of the person’s religious observation.
c.    No person may bring an animal (other than a guide dog) into Lord’s Ground unless written authority is obtained in advance from the Chief Executive & Secretary.
d.    Small quantities of alcohol may be brought into Lord’s Ground, but is limited to the equivalent of
•    one bottle of wine or Champagne (max. 750ml), or
•    two cans/bottles of beer/cider (max. 500ml each), or
•    two cans of premixed aperitifs (max. 330ml each)
per spectator.  Bottles of spirits or fortified wines will not be allowed into the Ground.  Amounts of alcohol in excess of these limits and any alcohol in excess of 18%ABV will be confiscated.  Under no circumstances will any spectator be re-admitted to Lord’s Ground at any time during the day if in possession of any alcohol.  M.C.C. reserves the right to confiscate any quantity of alcohol from any spectator, leaving or entering Lord’s Ground.

e.    Flags and banners (except on NatWest T20 Blast match days), musical instruments, klaxons, rattles, fireworks, firearms, weapons, any camera tripods, monopods, lenses with a total focal length of greater than 200mm or commercial digital video equipment, and other articles which, in the Club’s reasonable opinion, may be dangerous, offensive, hazardous and/or constitute an annoyance to spectators are also prohibited inside Lord’s Ground. The wearing of fancy dress costumes and oversized hats inside Lord’s Ground is prohibited.
f.    A spectator who has left Lord’s Ground before 4 p.m. will be re-admitted on the same day without further payment of the admission charge, but only if he or she produces a ticket valid for re-admission, or if issued, a return pass together with the retained portion of a valid admission ticket.
g.    On no occasion is play guaranteed and on no occasion will any money, paid for the admission of any person to Lord’s Ground, be returned other than in respect of days for which a ticket-refund scheme applies, the details of such scheme being printed on the reverse of all tickets.
h.    All unauthorised persons are prohibited from entering the playing area at all times.
i.    All persons while at Lord’s Ground are prohibited from:
(i)    throwing any object or projectile without lawful authority or excuse;
(ii)    climbing on any building, wall, other structure or tree;
(iii)    obstructing any staircase, gangway, passageway or alleyway;
(iv)    defacing or obscuring any notice or advertisement on display; or
(v)    causing damage to, or otherwise interfering with, any item of equipment, furniture, fitting or fixture.
j.    Smoking is prohibited inside the Pavilion and all other buildings in Lord’s Ground, whether permanent or temporary structures, in all shops, offices and workshops, in all dressing rooms, washrooms and lavatories, in all boxes and marquees, and on all staircases. On the concourse, roof terrace and balconies of the Pavilion, in all stands and enclosures, and on the balconies of boxes, smoking is not permitted except in designated areas. In other areas of Lord’s Ground, smoking is permitted unless no-smoking signs are exhibited or an area where smoking is prohibited is otherwise marked. The use of electronic cigarettes is prohibited in all stands and enclosures.
k.    No sponsorship, promotional or marketing materials may be brought into, used or displayed by any person within Lord’s Ground, save with the prior authorisation, in writing, of the Chief Executive & Secretary.
l.    No person may conduct public surveys or opinion polls, solicit money, donations or subscriptions within Lord’s Ground, save with the prior authorisation, in writing, of the Chief Executive & Secretary.
m.    No person inside Lord’s Ground may offer articles for sale, or offer the provision of services, or distribute leaflets or any other form of printed material, save with the prior authorisation, in writing, of the Chief Executive & Secretary.  Unauthorised goods offered for sale within Lord’s Ground will be confiscated.


3.  Media, Use of Mobile Devices and Recordings

a.    Mobile Devices (including, but not restricted to, telephones, radios, cameras, music players, video recorders and players, watches, computers and other electrical or electronic devices or any other such device now known or hereafter invented) may be used subject to the following restrictions applying to their use, and for the purpose of this Regulation 3(a) Lord’s Ground is divided into three Areas, as follows:
Area A: the Pavilion and the Warner Stand Bars and Restaurant. Within this Area, at all times, Mobile Devices must not be allowed to ring or make any other audible sound, and no person may speak into a Mobile Device.
Area B: the Pavilion concourse and balconies, all other enclosures and stands, and all other seating areas from which the playing area can be viewed, including balconies of boxes. Within this Area once the umpires have appeared on the playing area for the purpose of starting or restarting play and until the umpires have left the playing area, Mobile Devices must not be allowed to ring or make any other audible sound, and no person may speak into a Mobile Device. Within this Area at other times, Mobile Devices may be allowed to ring and it is permitted to speak into them.
Area C: all other parts of Lord’s Ground. Within this Area, at all times, Mobile Devices may be allowed to ring and it is permitted to speak into them.
b.    The taking of photographs, and all types of filming in the Pavilion are prohibited save with the prior authorisation, in writing, of the Chief Executive & Secretary.
c.    It is prohibited for any photograph, video recording, film, sketch, painting or other image produced within Lord’s Ground to be used for any commercial purpose, including (without limitation) for any commercial reproduction and distribution, whether as a freestanding image or recording or by application or incorporation of the same to or in any goods or use in connection with the provision of any services. The making of any such image for any of the commercial purposes referred to in this Regulation 3(c) is likewise prohibited save with the prior authorisation, in writing, of the Chief Executive & Secretary.
d.    With the exception of those persons in receipt of an official accreditation issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (“ECB”), all visitors to Lord’s Ground acknowledge that M.C.C. is the sole owner of the copyright and any other intellectual property rights of any nature whatsoever in and to any recordings of sound made or images taken at Lord’s Ground, including future rights to such recordings or to any works derived from such recordings that is not a video or sound recording or photograph taken for only private, non-commercial and non-promotional purposes.  All visitors unconditionally and irrevocably assign to M.C.C. all rights, including copyright and other intellectual property rights, in any recordings of sound made or images taken at Lord’s Ground that is not a video or sound recording or photograph taken for only private, non-commercial and non-promotional purposes.
e.    All visitors to Lord’s Ground consent to (i) the recording of their image, likeness and/or voice by any means (including but not limited to video, audio and visual recordings by television cameras and photographers) (together “Images”) and (ii) the use of the Images at Lord’s Ground, including display on vision screens throughout any match and (iii) the commercial exploitation, throughout the world, of the Images by any means by M.C.C., ECB and its commercial partners (including without limitation the International Cricket Council and any official sponsor, official supplier, broadcaster or licensee), all without compensation of any kind.
f.    Under no circumstances may any person at Lord’s Ground use a mobile telephone, computer or any other kind of communication device (now known or hereafter invented) to communicate, transfer or otherwise transmit any audio, visual or audio-visual data, information, commentary, footage or other material in relation to a cricket match (or any aspect thereof) taking place at Lord’s Ground for any kind of improper betting or any other corrupt, fraudulent or unlawful purpose.
g.    Any person at Lord’s Ground who is reasonably suspected by M.C.C. (or its appointed nominees, including but not limited for such purposes to the anti-corruption officials and any other representatives of ECB) of acting in breach of Regulation 3(f) during any cricket match unconditionally acknowledges, accepts and agrees that
(i)    such person must, upon request by M.C.C. (or its appointed nominees), provide his or her name and address and an explanation for his or her suspicious conduct (including full details of the nature of his or her suspicious communications), and
(ii)    such person may be photographed and, or, filmed by M.C.C. (or its appointed nominees), and
(iii)    any such names, addresses, photographs and films collected by M.C.C. (or its appointed nominees) pursuant to this Regulation may be shared between each of the ECB and the first class county cricket clubs and relevant official cricket authorities and the police and any relevant crime-prevention authorities, for the purposes of any criminal investigations or proceedings, and, or, in connection with any investigation into a potential breach of domestic or international cricket anticorruption rules and, or, to enable M.C.C., the ECB and the first class county cricket clubs to give reciprocal effect to any ban on entry which is subsequently imposed by M.C.C. pursuant to this Regulation. Personal data collected under this provision will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 (the “Act”). A person providing his or her personal data may have rights in respect of such data under the Act and any questions regarding the handling of personal data should be addressed to M.C.C. which is the data controller for the purposes of the Act.
h.    Any person reasonably suspected of being in breach of Regulation 3(g) accepts that he or she may be immediately removed from Lord’s Ground (without any financial or other compensation) and prohibited from entering Lord’s Ground and any other cricket ground under the control of M.C.C., the ECB or any first class county cricket club for life or such other period of time as the M.C.C. Committee deems appropriate in respect of Lord’s Ground and as the ECB or the relevant ground authority deems appropriate in respect of any other ground, in all cases in the sole and absolute discretion of the M.C.C. Committee, the ECB or the relevant ground authority, as the case may be.
i.    No other betting (unless specifically authorised by the M.C.C. Committee), unnecessary noise, or confusion of any kind is permitted in any part of Lord’s Ground.


4.  Risks, Waiver and Indemnity

a.    All visitors to Lord’s Ground shall be responsible for ensuring their own safety from risks involved in attending a cricket match or being admitted to a large cricket ground and agree that they shall be solely responsible for any injuries sustained to or losses incurred by them, whether financial or otherwise, and that M.C.C. shall be free of liability from any form of compensation and indemnified in respect of any claim made against it, save for where the law provides otherwise.   


5.  General

a.    Private boxes and other entertainment facilities are not transferable and are subject to conditions laid down by the M.C.C. Committee.
b.    The availability of car parking within Lord’s Ground will be decided by the M.C.C. Committee in accordance with the importance of any match.
c.    Any property (including but not limited to any motor car or other vehicle) left anywhere on the premises of M.C.C. remains at the entire risk of the owner of the property or person leaving the same, and the Club accepts no liability for the theft or other loss of or damage to such property.
d.    Closed-circuit television cameras are in use around and in Lord’s Ground and M.C.C. may itself use, or pass to the police or any other relevant authority, any recordings for use in any proceedings.
 

England v India Test Match and England v Pakistan One-Day International

Notice to MCC Members

Members of MCC should read these Terms & Conditions in conjunction with the Club’s letter to them dated November 2020 and available to review at lords.org/membersticketapplicationprocess.


1.    DEFINITIONS

1.1    In these Terms & Conditions, the following words or expressions shall have the following meanings:

1.1.1    Applicant, you, your means a person who purchases, holds, transfers and/or uses Ticket(s) (as applicable);

1.1.2    Candidate means a candidate for membership of the Club and whose name is in the candidates’ book;

1.1.3    Candidates’ Priority Period means a period of exclusive access to Tickets from 10:00 on Monday 21 December 2020 and ending at 16:00 on Friday 8 January 2021;

1.1.4    ECB means The England and Wales Cricket Board Limited;

1.1.5    General Ground Regulations means those general regulations of MCC, copies of which are available at lords.org/groundregulations;

1.1.6    MCC, Club, we, us, our means Marylebone Cricket Club, incorporated by Royal Charter under number RC000862 of Lord’s Ground, London NW8 8QN;

1.1.7    Lord’s or Ground means Lord’s Cricket Ground, London NW8 8QN;

1.1.8    Match Day means any day of the Test Match or One-Day International which is scheduled to be played at Lord’s for which an Applicant has been successful in purchasing or been allocated a Ticket(s) which is either (i) the Provisional Match Day; or (ii) if the actual day differs from the Provisional Match Day, the new date notified to you by the Club;

1.1.9    Member means a member of MCC from time to time;

1.1.10    Members’ Priority Period means for Full Members, a period of exclusive access to Tickets from 10:00 on Monday 7 December 2020 and for Senior and Associate Members from 10:00 on Monday 14 December 2020, in both cases ending at 16:00 on Friday 8 January 2021;

1.1.11    One-Day International means the England v Pakistan one-day international scheduled to be played on the Match Day;

1.1.12    person shall be deemed to include any individual, company, corporation or other entity;

1.1.13    Provisional Match Day means (i) 12 to 16 August 2021 for the Test Match and 10 July 2021 for the One-Day International both of which have been provisionally scheduled to be played at Lord’s on the Match Day for which an Applicant has been successful in purchasing or been allocated a Ticket(s); 

1.1.14    Test Match means the England v India Test Match scheduled to be played on the Match Day;

1.1.15    Ticket means a ticket for a Match Day which shall be issued in electronic form only; and

1.1.16     Terms & Conditions means these terms and conditions.

2.    General

2.1    These Terms & Conditions constitute the terms and conditions that apply to the purchase, transfer, sale and/or use of any Ticket(s). All Tickets are sold subject to the General Ground Regulations, which are incorporated into these Terms & Conditions. Any Ticket acquired in breach of these Terms & Conditions shall be null and void. MCC shall be entitled to confiscate or invalidate any Ticket(s) which are offered for sale or acquired in contravention of these Terms & Conditions.  

2.2    By submitting an application for Ticket(s), purchasing, holding and/or using or attempting to use a Ticket you agree that you have accepted and agreed to be bound by these Terms & Conditions and the General Ground Regulations and you agree to bring these Terms & Conditions and the General Ground Regulations to the attention of your guests and confirm that anyone else to whom you sell, transfer or allocate the Ticket(s) has also read and agreed to comply with these Terms & Conditions.

2.3    Tickets are offered for sale on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability and also the Members’ Priority Period and the Candidates’ Priority Period.

2.4    Tickets are issued on the condition that they are not offered for sale or resold for more than their face value. Therefore, any Applicant in contravention of this will be in breach of these Terms & Conditions and their Ticket(s) liable to be cancelled without any refund or compensation, their Ticket(s) not admitting entry to the Ground, or if already in the Ground, their being removed from Lord’s and also liable to the penalties set out in Clause 3.

2.5    Applications and payment by credit or debit card must be made online only via MCC’s ticket platform at: tickets.lords.org 

2.6    Applicants who have been successful in purchasing Tickets will be notified via email to the email address registered by them as part of their online account with the Club.

2.7    Any Ticket which is allocated to any person shall not be used for commercial hospitality by any person trading for that purpose, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the holder of such a Ticket shall not, as part of a hospitality package or for any other reason, purvey, advertise, auction or otherwise offer for sale, or use as a competition prize, the Ticket(s) allocated to that person without the prior written permission of MCC’s Chief Executive & Secretary.

2.8    By submitting an application for Ticket(s) and being successful, you acknowledge that the Provisional Match Day is subject to change at any time.  If the Match Day is to differ from the Provisional Match Day, the Club will notify the original purchaser of the Ticket(s) via email to the email address registered by them as part of their online account with the Club as soon as reasonably practicable of the new date of the Match Day. 

2.9    Entry to Lord’s will be subject to such health, safety and security rules and regulations which may be in place from time to time, including without limitation in relation to COVID-19 or any associated public health emergency.

3.    Unauthorised Ticket Sales

3.1    Genuine Tickets are obtainable only from MCC and its authorised agents. MCC reserves the right to refuse admission or cancel a Ticket without notification, and without refund or compensation, to anyone who has acquired a Ticket in breach of these Terms & Conditions (an Unlawful Ticket). Unlawful Ticket holders will, if necessary, be ejected from the Ground, without refund or compensation, after they have entered the Ground and may be liable to legal action.

3.2    Any person who has acquired an Unlawful Ticket may expect to be prohibited from purchasing tickets in the future.

 3.3     In addition to Clause 3.2, if a Member or Candidate acquires an Unlawful Ticket, such a Member may be referred to the Club’s disciplinary panel and such a Candidate may have their name removed from the Club’s candidates’ book.

3.4    If the Club reasonably suspects an Applicant has committed a Ticket touting offence, it will notify the ECB, who may in turn notify the First Class Counties and/or the relevant law enforcement authorities. By making an application for any Ticket(s), the Applicant accepts that MCC may disclose the Applicant’s details for these purposes.

4.    Tickets

4.1    All Tickets will be issued to successful Applicants in a downloadable format that can be received via email or through a mobile app.  Applicants shall print a copy of the Ticket(s) on white paper or use a digital copy on a mobile device which shall be presented and scanned to gain entry to Lord’s.

4.2    The barcode on each Ticket will only admit one entry per Ticket. Multiple paper copies must not be made; the first Ticket scanned at the entry gate to the Ground will allow entry, however, subsequent scans (whether the original or copies) will not allow entry into Lord’s.

5.    Duplicate Tickets

5.1    A duplicate Ticket will only be issued to the original purchaser as a replacement for a Ticket that has been printed out, deleted irretrievably and then lost, stolen, mislaid or is defective or defaced.  

5.2    If the Ticket Office has to reprint a Ticket, an administrative charge of 10% of the face value will be made for each duplicate Ticket.

6.    Refunds

6.1    No refunds will be given, other than those covered under the appropriate refund schemes set out in this Clause 6.

6.2    A refund scheme applies to the first four days of the Test Match. On those days, if:

6.2.1    play is restricted or does not take place on the Match Day for which the Ticket is valid, an automatic refund will be made to the original credit or debit card used to make the purchase of the Ticket(s), subject to there being:

(i) 15 overs or less because of weather conditions or completion of the Match – a full refund; or

(ii) 15.1 overs to 29.5 overs because of weather conditions or completion of the Match – a 50% refund.

6.2.2    for the Match Day for which the Ticket is valid (where the date of the Match has changed, this means the new date of the Match Day):
(i)    spectators are unable to be admitted because a Match Day is to be played behind closed doors, MCC will notify the original purchaser via email to the email address registered by them as part of their online account with the Club and automatically refund the amount paid for the Ticket(s) to the original credit or debit card used to make the purchase of the Ticket(s). You will not need to contact MCC to receive this refund.  MCC will refund this amount within 30 days of the date on which the announcement by the ECB is made that the Match Day is to be played behind closed doors and without spectators present;

(ii)    social distancing requirements mean that MCC is unable to honour all of the Tickets purchased or allocated for that Match Day, MCC reserves the right to cancel all or some of the Tickets for that Match Day and to determine which of such Tickets to cancel in its absolute discretion.  If MCC cancels all or any of your Tickets, MCC will notify the original purchaser via email to the email address registered by them as part of their online account with the Club and automatically refund the amount paid for the Ticket(s) to the original credit or debit card used to make the purchase of the Ticket(s).  You will not need to contact MCC to receive this refund.  MCC will refund this amount within 30 days of the cancellation of your Ticket(s);

(iii)    the original purchaser is unable to attend because although the Match Day for which they have purchased a Ticket is to be played with spectators present, they live in an area which is subject to a local lockdown restricting them from being able to come to the Ground, as verified by checking their postcode registered as part of their online account with the Club.  In such circumstances, if you contact the Club as soon as possible in advance of the Match Day to request a refund, MCC will cancel your Ticket(s) and refund the amount paid to the original credit or debit card used to purchase the Ticket(s) within 60 days of you contacting the Club to request a refund; or
(iv)    the date of a Match Day changes pursuant to Clause 2.8, the new date of the Match Day will be notified to you to via email to the email address registered with the Club as part of your account and you will have 14 days in which to request a refund if you cannot attend on the new Match Date.  If you do request a refund, MCC will cancel your Ticket(s) and refund the amount paid to the credit or debit card used to purchase the Ticket(s) within 60 days of you contacting the Club to request a refund.

6.2.3    A similar scheme applies to the One-Day International, but only if the amount of play is limited to the numbers of overs stated under Clause 6.2.1(i) or (ii) above and with no result being achieved for the match.

7.    Liability

7.1    The Club shall not be liable for any injury, loss or damage whatsoever to the Applicant nor for any loss or damage to or theft of their property howsoever such injury, loss or damage may be caused, and the Applicant shall indemnify the Club in respect of any liability for any such injury, loss or damage save that nothing in these Terms & Conditions seeks to exclude or limit MCC’s liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence or any other type of liability which cannot be excluded or limited by law.

7.2    The Club does not make or give, and no staff or official of the Club has any authority to make or give, any representation, condition or warranty regarding the amount of play occurring on the Match Day, and any such representation, condition or warranty is hereby excluded.

7.3        MCC will not be liable for the costs of any personal travel or accommodation or any other arrangements howsoever made in relation to any Match Day under any circumstances.

7.4        The Club’s total liability in all other circumstances shall otherwise, under, or in connection with these Terms & Conditions not exceed the face value of the original purchaser’s Tickets as at the date such liability arose.

8.    Returns

Save in the circumstances referred to in Clause 6.2.2(iii), if an Applicant has to return to Tickets for any Match Day, the Club will attempt to re-sell such Tickets, but only after any and all remaining Tickets for the relevant Match Day have been sold or allocated. If a Ticket is able to be re-sold, an administrative charge of 10% of the face value of each Ticket will be deducted by MCC from the proceeds of such sales. Tickets may be returned only by the original purchaser of the Ticket(s). Under no circumstances will MCC guarantee the re-sale of any returned tickets.

9.    Technical problems

No responsibility is accepted by MCC for applications which are lost, corrupted or incomplete or for any failure to capture an Applicant’s information. MCC cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by an Applicant as a result of not receiving a Ticket.

10.    Invalidity

If any provision of these Terms & Conditions is found by any competent authority or a court of law to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the invalidity or unenforceability of that provision will not affect the validity or enforceability of the remainder of these Terms & Conditions.

11.    Whole Agreement

These Terms & Conditions and the General Ground Regulations constitute the entire agreement between the Club and you and you shall not have any claim or remedy in respect of any statement, representation, warranty or undertaking, made by the Club in relation to these Terms & Conditions which are not already set out in these Terms & Conditions.

12.    Waiver

No failure or delay by the Club in exercising any right or remedy provided under the Terms & Conditions or by law shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.

13.    Statutory Rights

These Terms & Conditions shall not affect an Applicant’s statutory rights as a consumer.

14.    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999

It is agreed and acknowledged that MCC shall have the benefit of and be entitled to enforce all the provisions of these Terms & Conditions against the Applicant and notwithstanding that they may not be a party hereto. Save as provided in this Clause 14, no third party shall have any right to enforce any of these Terms & Conditions under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

15.    Personal Data

By applying for and/or using a Ticket you consent to us processing your personal data in accordance with our Privacy Notice which may be viewed at https://www.lords.org/privacynotice.

16.    Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms & Conditions shall be governed by English law.  Any dispute arising from or in connection with these Terms & Conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, MCC reserves the right to pursue legal proceedings in a competent court of the Applicant’s domicile, where such proceedings shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with English law.