The authorities have banned the fans from bringing alcohol in Lords’ for the last two Hundred fixtures. The regulations came after unpleasant scenes witnessed during the game between London Spirit and Trent Rockets on Thursday. The incident also led to the ground bars closing half an hour before the end.
The MCC wants to ensure that the fans maintain decorum as the tournament is designed for families and children. The rowdy scenes amongst the crowd prompted the authority to limit the alcohol purchase from the Lord’s. The Oval, another ground in London, has also considered formulating no-alcohol-free zones for The Hundred next season.
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) wishes to make Lord’s a friendly place, ensuring every fan experiences a fabulous day when visiting the venue. The statement said they expect everyone to be treated with respect and have revisited all the measures. Hence, by banning booze into the venue, they have tried to ensure all the age groups feel safe.
“Marylebone Cricket Club aims to make Lord’s a ground for all and we work hard to ensure that everyone has a great day out when they visit the home of cricket. Everyone should expect to be treated with kindness and respect. The Hundred is a tournament designed for families and children. We have reviewed all of our measures for our remaining Hundred matches, to ensure Lord’s is inclusive and is a place where families and children of all ages feel welcome and safe,” MCC said in a statement.
We want the next generation of cricket fans to love and be inspired by the sport: MCC
MCC further revealed that the guidelines prohibits the importation of alcohol in the ground, limiting beverage sales, and closing of bars earlier. They want cricket to be an inspiration for the younger generation.
“These include not allowing the importation of alcohol into the ground, limiting beverage sales and closing bars earlier. Cricket should be a game for all and we want the next generation of cricket fans to love and be inspired by the sport,” it added further.