Birmingham: As many as 18,000 fans will be allowed on each day of the second Test between England and New Zealand at Edgbaston after it was selected as the first of the UK government’s pilot events that will gauge the risk of COVID-19 transmission at events that attract mass gatherings. Also Read – Sanath Jayasuriya Laments Sri Lanka’s ODI Series Loss to Bangladesh
The said number of fans means 70 per cent of the stadium’s capacity. Also Read – WTC Final: Need to be Prepared For Guile of Ravindra Jadeja And Ravichandran Ashwin – Henry Nicholls
“Edgbaston’s LV=Insurance Test match named as a pilot event. We will be able to host around 18,000 spectators each day. Ticket holders will be contacted via email regarding the next steps,” said Edgbaston cricket ground administration on its Twitter handle on Wednesday. Also Read – WTC Final: Conditions Will Suit New Zealand More Than India – Pat Cummins
The project also seeks to analyse the testing protocols and social distancing and other COVID-related guidelines.
As per the standard government protocols, to gain entry to the stadium all ticket holders will need to present a COVID-19 result from an NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Test, completed within 24 hours in advance.
All ticket holders should be aged 16 and over.
“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,” said Stuart Cain, Chief Executive at Edgbaston.
“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.”
The first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, due to run from June 2 to 6, will be attended by 25 per cent crowd capacity.
“The UK Government’s roadmap for easing of Covid-related restrictions in England means that the Test match between England v New Zealand on 2-6 June will be limited to a reduced ground capacity of 25%. If you have purchased a ticket to this match, you will automatically receive a refund,” said a statement from Lord’s cricket ground administration.
The Lord’s Test is not part of the pilot programme.
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