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A day at Lord's - What to expect

Lord's is a cricket ground unlike no other, stepped in history, yet totally at ease in the modern world.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of spectators from all over the world flock to the Home of Cricket - and whether you're a seasoned visitor or making your first visit, picks out a few things to expect.

The famous 'Lord's Hum'

Lord's is not the world's most boisterous sporting arena, but it does have its own special and unique atmosphere.

The appreciative crowd murmur is unlike anything else worldwide, a gentle buzz that combines the excitement and anticipation of the world-class cricket to come with the sociable chatter of friends and companions.

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The sell-out crowd always creates a unique atmosphere.

A constant topic of conversation amongst broadcasters and media during matches, the Lord's Hum is something that every true cricket fan will appreciate.

Get up close to the players

While the lucky Members of Marylebone Cricket Club have the privilege of applauding the stars on and off the pitch from the famous Long Room, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed supporters can also get up-close-and-personal with the players.

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Fans can get close to their heroes at Lord's

The Nursery Ground will host the players for their morning training sessions, where you'll be able to see the team go through their warm-up routines and net practices ahead of the day's play.

In addition, there are regular Q&A sessions with former international players throughout the day at the We Are England Cricket hub in the Sponsors' Area at the Nursery End of the Ground.

Picnics and Pimm's

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Lord's is as much about food and drink as it is cricket and everyone's catered for when it comes to refreshments. The Lord's Food Village features plenty of eateries and stalls containing a wide variety of meals and snacks, but that's not the only way to eat well at the Home of Cricket.

A section of the Nursery ground transforms into an inner-city park during major matches. While play is in progress on the Main Ground, spectators can watch the match on the big screen and tuck into food brought from home, or a delicious Lord's Picnic Hamper.


Soak up some history

With entry to the famous MCC Museum completely free for ticket holders, what better way to spend a rain delay or the lunch interval than taking in the most complete cricket Museum in the world?

Attractions include Denis Compton's knee-cap, sculptures of WG Grace, and of course the famous Ashes Urn.

The tiny, fragile object is a permanent fixture at the Home of Cricket, and you won't get a better opportunity to see the symbol of one of sport's greatest rivalries.

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The Ashes Urn can be seen in the Lord's Museum

Celebrity watch

With plenty of minor and major celebrities known to have attended previous matches at Lord's, there's always a chance that you'll be able to spot one of them wandering around the Ground!

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Lord's always plays host to a few celebrities

Sir Mick Jagger, Stephen Fry and many more are often on the premises for major matches at the Home of Cricket.

Even if you don't actually see them around and about, make sure you check out the Lord's Audioboom channel which will host exclusive interviews with the stars throughout the day.

Egg and Bacon

One of the most famous cricket clubs in the world, Marylebone Cricket Club also has possibly the most famous colours.

'Egg and Bacon' is as much a part of Lord's as the cricket itself, and the Club's 23,500 Members are a highly distinctive bunch - many of whom queue from the early hours of the morning in order to secure the Pavilion benches with the best view of the action.


One of the famous Lord's traditions is that before each day's play, a respected figure from the world of cricket will ring the Five-Minute Bell to get the players ready and on the field.

The list of bell-ringers reads like a who's who of the cricketing world's great and good - Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara and Andrew Strauss have all been given the honour in the last five years.

The Five Minute Bell is a Lord's institution

Happy to help

Look out for our Lord’s Outfielders – dressed in red – inside and outside the Ground. They are here to help ensure you have the best possible day at the Home of Cricket.

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