09 Feb Cricket World Cup 2019 – Finale like never before
Cricket World Cup 2019 – Finale like never before
Lord’s cricket ground, famously known as ‘the Home of Cricket’ / ‘Macca of Cricket’ will host the final between England & New Zealand on 14th July 2019. Surprisingly enough, none of the finalist countries have ever got to lift the World Cup trophy & take it home.
It was in May 1787 when Thomas Lord opened his first cricket ground on the site where Dorset Square now stands. Later the stadium was moved to North bank but for a short duration as it was right in amidst of the planned route of the Regent’s canal as passed by the Parliament. It was then Lord’s Stadium was relocated again to its final & current location. The stadium is privately owned by Marylebone Cricket Club & is home to one of the World’s Oldest Sporting Museum, MCC Museum.
The very first match on the present grounds was played between Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) & Hertfordshire on 22 June 1814 which was won by MCC by 27 runs. Lords’ has served as final playing grounds for five ICC World cups Finales 1975, 1979, 1983 & 1999 respectively including the 2019 finale fixture. It was here where Sir Don Bradman hit a massive 254 on the scoreboard for Australia creating a total of 729/6 which is still the ground’s highest crushing the hosts, England in the year 1930. It was here when in 1983, India won the World cup & Indian Skipper, Kapil Dev took the trophy home. The Top wicket taker record at the Lords goes to James Anderson for his terrific performance – 70 wickets off the 16 matches he played here.
The stadium further houses MCC Museum, complete with artefacts, memorabilia, photographs, decorative wares and more, all connected to the Gentlemen’s game. You can see the history shaping to present in these halls. Another famous resident of the museum is ‘The Ashes Urn’ which is believed to contain the ashes of an actual burnt cricket bail & is said to be the emblem of friendly rivalry between Australia & England leading to the birth of Ashes series.
The stadium has a total seating capacity of 30000 visitors at a time & is the only licensed international cricket venue in the world which allows spectators to bring their own booze. Yes, you read it write but we would recommend checking Lord’s official website for precise details on what all drinks you can bring in & in what quantity. You can definitely bring in your own food but with a wide variety of food outlets doing their job quite right, you may consider passing on that thought. Do visit Food Village, WG’S, La Crepe Franglaise & Northern Bloc for mouth-watering food options.
The venue further houses an inhouse cricket academy, historic British pub ‘Lord’s Tavern’ plus a wide variety of tours that visitors can opt for to get a better understanding about the game and a clearer prospective about Lords. During the tours, you will get to know what goes on behind the scenes of this magnum opus Lord’s stadium. You can visit the legendary Long Room, players’ dressing rooms, see if the names of your favorite cricketers are engraved on Honors Board & off course the MCC Museum. Some tours may also include visit to the J.P. Morgan Media Centre & players’ dining area
Getting here is easy
BY TUBE: The stadium is just 5 minutes’ walk away from St. John’s Wood Tube Station.
BY BUS: Routes 13 & 113 run adjacent to Lord’s & are closest to North & East Gates
BY ROAD: You can opt for your private vehicle but do remember that there are parking restrictions in & around the streets surrounding Lord’s.