Ground Regulations

By Order of the MCC Committee in accordance with MCC Rule 13.2:

a.  MCC reserves the right of admission to Lord’s Cricket Ground, all persons entering which are liable to be searched.

b.  All persons entering the Ground are subject to the Regulations of MCC who reserve the right to remove from the Ground any person who refuses to comply with them, or who makes racially abusive comments, or who acts in a racially abusive manner, or whose presence is a source of danger or annoyance to others.

c.  All unauthorised persons are prohibited from entering the playing area at all times.

d.  No person may bring a dog into the Ground unless written authority is obtained in advance from the Secretary & Chief Executive.

e.  Small quantities of alcohol may be brought into the Ground, under the supervision of MCC who reserve the right to confiscate any quantity of alcohol from any spectator, and return it to such spectator at the end of the day’s play.  The MCC Committee has set a limit of two pints of beer or one 75cl bottle of wine per spectator. Amounts of alcohol in excess of the limit will be confiscated. Under no circumstances will any spectator be admitted to the Ground if in possession of spirits or re-admitted to the Ground at any time during the day if he or she is in possession of any alcohol.

f.  Mobile devices (including, but not restricted to, telephones, radios, cameras, music players, video recorders and players, watches, computers and other electrical or electronic devices) may be used subject to the following restrictions applying to their use, and for the purpose of this Regulation the Ground is divided into three Areas, as follows:

• Area A: the Pavilion, the Middlesex Room of the Allen Stand, the Warner Stand Mezzanine Restaurant and the Warner Stand Upper Bar. 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 the Ground. Within this Area, at all times, Mobile Devices may be allowed to ring and it is permitted to speak into them.

g.  The taking of photographs, and all types of filming in the Pavilion are prohibited unless authorised in writing by the Secretary & Chief Executive.

h.  It is prohibited for any photograph, video recording, film, sketch, painting or other image produced within the Ground to be used for any commercial purpose, including (without limitation) for any commercial reproduction and distribution, whether as a freestanding image/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 above is likewise prohibited save with the prior authorisation, in writing, of the Secretary & Chief Executive.

i.  No betting (unless specifically authorised by the MCC Committee), unnecessary noise, or confusion of any kind is permitted in any part of the Ground. Flags, Banners, Musical Instruments, Klaxons, Rattles, Fireworks and other articles which may constitute an annoyance to spectators are also prohibited inside the Ground.  The wearing of Fancy Dress costumes and oversized hats inside the Ground is prohibited. (In respect of the Friends Provident t20 matches, the words "Flags, Banners" are to be deleted from the beginning of the second sentence of this regulation.)

j.  No person may offer articles for sale unless specifically authorised by MCC to do so.  Unauthorised goods offered for sale within the Ground will be confiscated.

k.  A spectator who has left the Ground before 4pm 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.

l.  On no occasion is play guaranteed.

m.  A Refund Scheme applies for Test Matches.  If play is restricted or does not take place at the Ground on the day for which the ticket is valid, the purchaser may claim a refund subject to there being:

(i) no play because the match has been completed - a full refund;
(ii) 10 overs or less because of weather conditions or completion of the match - a full refund;
(iii) 10.1 overs to 24.5 overs because of weather conditions or completion of the match - a 50% refund.

In respect of One-Day International Matches, and the Clydesdale Bank 40 Final, a similar scheme applies, but only if the amount of play is limited to the above numbers of overs, as stated under (ii) and (iii) with no result being achieved, during the number of days set aside for the completion of the match.

There is also a Refund Scheme for Friends Provident t20 matches, which applies if, because of weather conditions, five overs or less takes place.

Full details of the procedure for claiming a refund are printed on the reverse of each ticket.  In no other circumstances, and on no other occasion, will any money in respect of admission, stand or car parking tickets be returned.

n.  Any property left anywhere on the Club’s premises 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 or damage of such property.

o.  Private boxes and other entertainment facilities are not transferable and are subject to conditions laid down by the MCC Committee.

p.  The availability of car parking within the Ground will be decided by the MCC Committee in accordance with the importance of any match. No responsibility is accepted for the safety of any motor car or other vehicle parked or stored in the Ground.

q.  Smoking is prohibited inside the Pavilion and all other buildings in the 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 the Ground, smoking is permitted unless no-smoking signs are exhibited or an area where smoking is prohibited is otherwise marked.

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