Cricket fans attending Middlesex’s LV= County Championship match against Sussex at Lord’s will be able to enjoy listening to the live BBC 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 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.
Commentating at Lord's
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."