The Stadium Will Be At 80 Percent Capacity
As countries begin to ease restrictions and lift lockdowns, professional sport cautiously returns to action amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the U.K. government’s Event’s Research Programme (ERP), England and Pakistan have been allowed up to 80% audience capacity for the three-match ODI series at Edgbaston. The fixture, which is a day-night contest, is set to be played on July 13.
The venue will accommodate up to 19,000 spectators in the stadium bowl and hospitality lounges keeping social distancing aside, including those under 16, according to a research finding. This will make the game the best-attended cricket match in the U.K. since the pandemic began.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Stuart Cain, Warwickshire’s Chief Executive, said, “It’s fantastic for the sport in the West Midlands that so many cricket fans can enjoy another blockbuster game in England vs. Pakistan in Edgbaston.”
The venue accommodated 70% capacity earlier in the month, totalling around 60,000 spectators over the four days for the second Test match between England and New Zealand.
Cain admits that the match allowed the club to build a new model for large-scale sporting events. The success of the first match with in-person attendance has given everyone confidence to push ahead with the Pakistan ODI.
He states that the use of technology played a big part in the success of the England vs. New Zealand game by creating a safe environment for all attendees. Additionally, it enhanced Edgbaston’s reputation as one of the best atmospheres in world cricket.
During the Test match, all attendees used a smart app that facilitated mobile ticketing, a queue time checker, food and drink click and collect, and a delivery to seat option for differently-abled spectators. The app was used for the four days of play to limit any physical contact.
All attendees must adhere to some requirements before securing entry. These include showing a negative COVID Lateral Flow Test Result for anyone aged 11 years and above, or proof of two vaccinations at least 14 days before the fixture.
Any ticket purchasers who no longer wish to attend the match can request a refund via an online form at Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s website. The requests must be made before the deadline at 4 pm on Thursday, July 1.
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