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MCC update in relation to Covid-19

Posted: 2 June 2020

The Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on sport in general around the globe. Fans, players, administrators and all those who work in the industry are adapting to these unprecedented times.

The clear common goal though is to find a way to bring sport back, in some form, safely and quickly. As one of the largest cricket clubs in the world, MCC, hopes to play a significant role, working with all parties within the game, to achieve this. 

Lord’s has been closed since March, which has meant the cancellation of corporate and private events, tours, activities in the Indoor Cricket Centre, as well as the vast number of Member events and activities that take place at the Ground.

Tickets Update

England v West Indies (25-29 June)

On 29 May, the ECB announced that this fixture will now be held behind closed doors at Emirates Old Trafford. Full refunds for this match are currently being processed. If you have ticket(s) for this match, please check your bank account to confirm you have received your refund.

England v Australia ODI (11 July): currently postponed

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that the One-Day International between England and Australia, due to be played at Lord’s on 11 July, will be played without spectators at a date and venue to be confirmed.

All ticket holders will be contacted by email (on 6 July) to confirm our automated refund process. Thank you for your support and patience as we work through this process.

England v Pakistan (30 July-3 August): currently postponed

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that the Test Match between England and Pakistan, due to be played at Lord’s from 30 July-3 August, has been moved to Emirates Old Trafford and will be played ‘behind closed doors’ (i.e. without spectators).

All ticket holders will be contacted by email (on 6 July) to confirm our automated refund process. Thank you for your support and patience as we work through this process.

More information can be found in the ticket refund FAQs below as well as the latest information on many other aspects of the Club that might affect you.

Whilst our gates may be closed, our team is happy to help you so please use the links below to get in touch if you have any questions.

FAQs

Events and Experiences

MCC Events and Experiences covers a wide range of activities from exclusive venue hire for corporate, charity and private events, to afternoon tea and bespoke events such as the Lord’s Dining Club.

During our Ground closure the Events and Experiences team have been working on plans to safely welcome back clients and their guests to the Home of Cricket. We hope to do this as soon as possible but only when we are sure we have all the necessary measures in place to ensure the safety of all involved.

We’ve been looking at how we can reopen our doors and hold safe, enjoyable and successful events. This is extensive and includes the review of our cleaning procedures, room capacities, food offering, staff training, operating procedures and additional hand sanitisation stations, in accordance with Government policy.

We cannot say at present when we will reopen but we are taking provisional bookings for later in the year and into 2021. If an event is booked and has to be cancelled an alternative date within 12 months would be offered.

The team are happy to discuss our plans, how they might impact your events in the future and to make provisional bookings. Please contact Events on 020 7616 8501 or events@lords.org for further information.

 

Tours and the Museum & Library

Our Ground closure means that our popular Lord’s Tours are not currently taking place and the Museum and Library are closed. During the peak season, Lord’s welcomes thousands of Tours guests each week and we are working on plans to adapt our Tours to make them safe for visitors and staff alike. As soon as we are ready to recommence tours we’ll communicate this via website and email.

We very much look forward to welcoming guests back to Lord’s when it is safe to do so. Those booked up until 1 August will have been contacted to arrange a refund or to rebook their tour at a later date.

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Matchday Hospitality/Dining and Suites

Enjoying a unique and special experience at Lord’s on a matchday is like no other. From welcoming guests through our gates, to the fine dining and beverages on offer, to the unbeatable views of the pitch, our aim is to ensure our guests have an unforgettable day.

If you are booked to enjoy all that Lord’s has to offer this season and the match has been cancelled, our team will contact you individually to discuss your refund options.

We looking forward to welcoming guests to our hospitality areas, suites and restaurants to enjoy the best that the Home of Cricket has to offer at a time when it is safe to do so.

 

Lord’s Indoor Cricket Centre

Due to the current restrictions in place on indoor physical activity in groups, the Lord’s Indoor Cricket Centre (previously the Cricket Academy) is currently closed.

All those affected by these cancellations have been contacted individually and, where appropriate, offered the choice of re-scheduling their booking for a later date or receiving a full refund. 

We are working on plans to be able to safely reopen with provisions for social distancing, extra sanitation, limited numbers etc. To find out more about our facilities, coaching and courses please get in contact with us. We are not yet taking bookings for future dates, and won’t do so until we know the opening dates and restrictions that will be in place.

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MCC Cricket

We have worked closely with the First Class Counties, the ECB, and the ICC on how the season might look for the 2020 summer with the hope that some cricket may be able to be played at Lord’s, albeit under different circumstances.

On 29 June, the ECB announced its approval for the professional men’s county cricket season to begin on 1 August. The formats to be played during the delayed men’s county season are due to be agreed by the 18 First-Class Counties in early July, with a new fixture schedule to be published thereafter.

A commitment to play women’s domestic cricket in 2020 has also been made, but may differ from the planned rollout of the new women’s elite domestic structure.

Preparation and planning for the season across the men’s and women’s domestic game remains subject to ongoing advice from Government and medical professionals with the safety of players, staff and officials the first priority.

As one of the largest cricket clubs in the world, MCC usually plays approximately 450 matches a year and has an extensive Overseas Touring Programme, aimed at opening out the game to wider audiences and increasing participation and involvement.

However, in line with the ECB guidance, MCC’s Out-Match programme has been suspended up until at least 1 August. The Club hopes to begin playing Out-Matches in August, however we will be guided by the ECB and the Government as to when it is safe for matches to take place.

MCC has also cancelled the remainder of its Overseas Touring Programme for 2020 having already toured in Argentina and Pakistan earlier at the beginning of the year. The Club had been due to visit the Czech Republic, Nepal, Spain and Uganda later this year and whilst it is disappointing we won’t be partaking in any further tours this year we hope to resume a full programme in 2021


MCC In The Community and MCC Foundation

During this period of cricketing inactivity, the Club has been busy utilising assets to help those who need it most at this difficult time.

The MCC Foundation launched an appeal to fund meals for the most vulnerable people in Westminster that has raised over £78,000, which equates to 23,000 meals for homeless people housed in temporary hostels.

MCC has provided 75 parking spaces at Lord’s for staff at Wellington Hospital, University College Hospital, and the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth to get to work safely limiting use of public transport. We are also providing storage areas for the Wellington Hospital – which is situated opposite to the Ground.

The Club has donated various items of food stocks and 2,500 bottles of water to City Harvest, a local organisation that provide meals to vulnerable people.

MCC has joined the 18 first-class counties, ECB and PCA in donating a lot in a co-ordinated online charity cricket auction as part of ECB’s Together Through This Test campaign. 

The successful bidder and their guest will receive a very special match day experience at Lord’s Cricket Ground on the third day of the England v India Test Match in 2021. The proceeds will go to the MCC Foundation. For more information and to bid, please visit cricketauction.co.uk

Finally, Captain Tom Moore, who has won the hearts of the nation in raising millions of pounds for NHS charities, has been invited to Lord’s in 2021 to ring the five-minute bell before the start of a Test match.
 


Lord's Shop and Tavern

Unfortunately, both the Lord’s shop on site and the online retail website remain closed.

The Tavern Pub, situated on site and usually open to the public, also remains closed and will reopen when it is safe to do so and as per government guidance.

The online retail store is currently closed, however, we hope to reopen this service shortly.

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