As lockdown has started to ease, our teams have been working on our plans to be able to reopen various parts of the Club and Lord’s Cricket Ground as the Government regulations allow.
We have also worked very closely with the relevant authorities to ensure the Ground is safe for cricket matches to take place and that we comply with all the appropriate regulations from the UK Government, The Sports Ground Safety Authority and Westminster City Council.
Safety is our priority and we have made a number of physical changes in the Ground to enable visitors to enjoy their visit with confidence. In addition to these physical changes, we have completed the required Government and ECB’s Risk Assessments and have policies and procedures in place to effectively manage the risk of COVID-19.
We have also put in place measures to help visitors keep safe at Lord’s and we ask everyone visiting the Ground to adhere to this guidance in order to protect yourself and those around you. These measures include temperature checks, track and trace procedures, one-way systems and variations to use of facilities to allow for safe distancing. We have also installed hand sanitisation stations and increased our cleaning and hygiene routines.
We are excited to have cricket returning to Lord’s this summer with Middlesex’s five home Vitality Blast matches taking place at the Home of Cricket.
It was also confirmed that the final of the Bob Willis Trophy, the four-day competition in 2020 for first-class counties, would be held at Lord’s between 23 and 27 September.
As per the current Government guidelines, all of these fixtures will take place behind closed doors without spectators, however the matches will be streamed live on the Lord’s website. Click here for more information and the full fixture list.
Cancelled Games: Tickets Update
Refunds are being automatically processed for the matches that were due to be held at Lord’s this season. These are England v West Indies (25-29 June), England v Australia One-Day International (11 July), England v Pakistan (30 July-3 August), and the original fixtures for the Vitality Blast tournament.
If you had ticket(s) for these matches, please check your bank account to confirm you have received your refund.
Lord’s Indoor Cricket Centre
MCC is very pleased to be re-opening the Lord’s Indoor Cricket Centre for customers on Monday 17 August, following our closure due to COVID-19.
The Centre will run limited services to allow for physical distancing, with smaller class sizes for our children’s coaching courses, and only alternate nets in use. Unfortunately, at present Kids Parties, Group Matches and Indoor Cricket Centre Packages are not available but we hope to offer these services soon.
In addition, we have introduced a range of measures aimed at keeping our customers and staff safe. These include temperature checks on arrival, regular sanitisation breaks and an enhanced cleaning regime throughout the day and overnight.
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 so we can return to delivering 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 intend to re-open our doors to events on 1 October, subject to Government guidelines.
If an event is booked and has to be postponed 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
*subject to two weeks’ notice being given of the intent to postpone the event.
While we have had various online events for our Members to stay in contact with us and with each other during our period of closure, we are delighted to be able to welcome a limited number of Members back to the Club and Ground for two trial Members’ events. The first, on 21 August, is an Outfield Inspection of Works where Members will have the chance to walk around the outfield to see for themselves the progress made on the Compton and Edrich stands.
The second, on 9 September, is Pelham’s: Dining Room with a View, where Members can enjoy either a two-course set lunch or dinner in Pelham’s, our superb pitch-facing restaurant in the Warner Stand. More information can be found in the Members’ area of the site.
Tours and the Museum & Library
Our Ground closure means that our popular Lord’s Tours are suspended until at least 1 November.
The Tours office is closed until further notice, and our staff are working remotely.
Customers who had booked for August, September and October have been automatically refunded, and gift voucher bookings have been cancelled and reissued with a 12 month extension. Customers do not need to do anything as this will be processed automatically.
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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.
All those who booked to enjoy all that Lord’s has to offer this season have been refunded. However, we remain hopeful for next season and 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 when it is safe to do so.
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.
MCC returned to playing Out-Matches in early August and have fixtures planned until the end of the season. Please see the fixtures area of the website for more details.
MCC has 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