The Cricket World Cup 2019 is just around the corner, and London is proudly hosting several of the main matches and events throughout the summer. As the Oval and Lord’s Cricket Ground get ready to welcome sports fans from all over the world, let’s take a quick look at both venues…
Lord’s Cricket Ground
This impressive sporting venue is traditionally known as ‘the home of cricket’, and with good reason. Lord’s is situated in St John’s Wood, London, within easy reach of the San Domenico House Hotel. It was named after the founder, Thomas Lord, and also houses Middlesex County Cricket Club, alongside the European Cricket Council and both the England and Wales Cricket Boards.
The venue can accommodate 28,000 visitors, making it the ideal place for the upcoming finale of the Cricket World Cup. There is much more to Lord’s than just watching live sport, however. Visitors also have the chance to take a look around the extensive grounds and visit the world’s oldest sports museum, MCC Museum, which is located here. Lord’s reached an impressive milestone in 2014, marking the 200th anniversary of its founding.
Highlights of Lord’s Cricket Ground
In addition to the cricket ground itself, the most significant areas for guests at San Domenico House Hotel to explore include the MCC Museum, which houses The Ashes urn and a variety of other notable items of memorabilia, some of which date back to 1864.
The ground also has a library with more than 17000 items, mostly books about cricket, some of which have historical significance. Lord’s is a regular site for test matches, with two held each summer.
It has also hosted other sports, including archery and tennis – and played a role during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Sometimes known as the Kia Oval, The Oval is home to Surrey County Cricket Club. Situated in Kennington, the venue first opened in 1845 and is usually the site of each final Test match of the season.
It isn’t only cricket which The Oval has supported and cultivated, however. Throughout its history, the venue has hosted international football matches, including the first ever FA Cup Final in 1872. In 2017, The Oval was the host of the 1CC Champions Trophy, and it has also hosted numerous rugby matches.
Highlights of The Oval
The Oval underwent a dramatic redevelopment project in the early 20th century, starting in 2002. The capacity of the venue is now about 24,500, with both standing room and seating. Having hosted the first ever representative football match (in 1870), where England played against Scotland, it wasn’t until a couple of years later that the first FA Cup Final took place here.
In addition to being hugely popular with fans of both live sport and sporting history, the venue regularly hosts events and conferences, many of which happen within the Corinthian Roof Terrace which was developed in 2013 to provide stunning London views.