A guide to watching a cricket match at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, UK

Aug 10, 2017

Invented by the English, possibly as long ago as the 16th century, cricket is now one of the top four most watched international team sports in the world. There is probably no better place to watch it than at Lord’s Cricket Ground in North London, “The Home of Cricket”.

Established here just over 200 years ago (its name comes from its founder Thomas Lord), it makes up for what it lacks in capacity (30,000) with history, intimacy, atmosphere and tradition. Besides being home to the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), which has long created the rules of cricket, it is the county ground for Middlesex County Cricket Club and hosts several limited overs competitions, test matches and one-day internationals between early April and late-September.

How do you purchase tickets?

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Book them online at https://tickets.lords.org. There are ballots for test match tickets that start at the end of the previous year. For some county games it’s possible to buy tickets from the ticket office on the day – but check availability online before arriving. Ticket prices vary depending on the importance of the game. The most in demand, and therefore the most expensive, are for the early days of a test match or one-day international. These can be priced up to £100 (US$130.43). The cheapest, which cost £10 (US$13), are for the final day of a county game.

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Where are the best seats?

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There are maps of the various stands on the Lord’s Cricket Ground website. The important considerations are whether you prefer to watch from the side or behind the wicket, be on a higher or lower level and whether cover is important. For test matches, people usually buy seats of a specific stand. For county matches, a general-entrance ticket allows you to choose where to sit on arrival. The Upper Compton and Upper Edrich stands (above) are very popular with regulars.

What precautions should you take?

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English weather is unpredictable. If it’s hot, don’t forget sun cream, a hat with a brim and sunglasses. If there’s a possibility of rain, take an umbrella or raincoat. Binoculars may be useful. Many test match fans take radios with earpieces to tune in to a ball-by-ball BBC commentary.

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Is there a dress code?

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There is a strict dress code for the Pavilion – gentlemen must wear lounge suits or tailored jackets and trousers, shirts, ties or cravats, and shoes with socks, while ladies should wear dresses; or skirts, trousers (which may be cropped below the knee), culottes, with blouses or smart tops, and formal shoes, boots or sandals – but not so much for the rest of the grounds. However, fancy dress, military jackets (except if you’re serving in the armed forces), bare chests and torn clothing aren’t allowed. There’s also a ban on musical instruments.

How do you get there?

Lord’s Cricket Ground is close to the centre of London. The nearest tube station is St John’s Wood. It has no car park.

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