Spectators to return in 2nd England vs NZ Test
Fans will return to watching international cricket from the ground in the upcoming England vs New Zealand Test series.
While the first Test at Lord’s will go ahead without crowd, the second at Edgbaston will allow around 18,000 spectators which is 70 percent of the ground’s capacity.
Fans will need to wear a mask and maintain social distance while queueing into the ground. The protocols will be relaxed inside the venue. But every ticket holder must have a negative COVID-19 result.
“Edgbaston is unique as a cricket venue in having such a large stadium footprint, but we also have a vastly experienced operational delivery team, which has hosted many major events and a spectator pilot last summer. We have always been hopeful of featuring in the pilot programme and are delighted for the thousands of ticket holders who will now be able to attend,” Stuart Cain, CEO at Edgbaston, said.
“Whilst public health is the priority, the first stage pilots have shown how people can safely start to enjoy the things they love; live sport and music. It will be great to welcome cricket fans to Edgbaston and give the England team a huge boost as nothing beats the atmosphere that crowds create here.”
England was the first country to resume international cricket since the pandemic began. All of men’s and women’s international matches were played behind closed doors last season. Most recently, fans have returned to county cricket at a larger scale.
ECB CEO Tom Harrison said: “Having crowds back into cricket grounds is so important for the game and for our fans too. The last 15 months have shown just how big a role cricket plays in many people’s lives, and we cannot wait to welcome a growing number of fans back to our stadia over the coming months.”