Lord's Cricket Ground
1814
Thomas Lord
30000
Yes, 2009
Pavilion End, Nursery End
Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex
Lacrosse, Hockey, Archery (2012 Olympics)
Mick Hunt
22:01, Thu Oct 23, 2014 (UTC +0100)
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England v Australia - Jul 21-23, 1884 Scorecard
England v India - Jul 17-21, 2014 Scorecard
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England v Australia - Aug 26, 1972 Scorecard
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England v Netherlands - Jun 5, 2009 Scorecard
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Despite a major rebuilding programme in recent years, Lord's remains a cricket ground as opposed to the largely impersonal stadiums many other leading venues which have become. Playing in a Test at Lord's, still widely regarded as the home of cricket, remains to many cricketers the pinnacle of a career.

The third of Thomas Lord's grounds was opened in 1814 and soon became the major venue as cricket became the world's leading sport in the 19th century. While cricket has been overtaken by other international events, and the game itself has become overtly commercial, Lord's has retained its place as the spiritual home.

The ground is privately owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club (membership 18,000), is the home to the ECB and, from 1909 to 2005, the ICC.

The dominant building is the terracotta-coloured pavilion, built in 1890 and still one of world sport's most recognisable structures. Going round the ground in a clockwise direction, next to the pavilion is the Warner Stand, opened in 1958 and named after the eminent player and administrator Sir Pelham "Plum" Warner.

The main grandstand was built in 1997 and replaced the architecturally unique structure designed by Sir Herbert Baker which was opened in time for the 1926 Ashes Test. Baker presented MCC with Father Time, the weathervane which topped his creation until it was moved to the other side of the ground in 1996.

The far end - the Nursery - is enclosed by the Compton and Edrich Stands, a pair of low-level two-tier stands built in 1990 which are remarkably similar to those they replaced (which were known as the Free Seats on account of them being available to those who had paid the basic ground admission - entry to other areas required extra payment). Legend has it that Gubby Allen, MCC's long-time self-appointed guardian, steadfastly refused to allow any larger structure as it would have blocked the view of the Nursery and the tree-lined park on the other side of the Wellington Road.

The Nursery itself is named after Henderson's agricultural nursery which was acquired in 1887 (not, as widely believed, because it is home to the MCC Young Cricketers, hence the nursery for the game's next generation). It houses a second pitch which is used for end-of-season Cross Arrows matches as well as the women's Varsity match. The award-winning Mound Stand, was opened in 1987. Its predecessor , constructed in 1898, was on the site of the old tennis courts and at one time contained a bakery with a small underground railway to take produce to various points of sale.

The Tavern (1967) is the least distinguished of the stands and typifies the bland functionality of the 1960s. Until the late 1980s spectators could stand on the concourse in front of the stand and watch proceedings, but increasing rowdyism ended that. The previous Tavern, an ivy-clad building, was much loved by patrons.

The final stand before returning the the pavilion is the Allen Stand (formerly the Q Stand), a rather diminutive in-fill which serves as a pavilion overflow on big-match days and Middlesex's club room at other times.
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Travel
Tube St John's Wood Station (Jubilee) is a 500-yard walk - Baker Street (Jubilee/Metropolitan/Bakerloo/Hammersmith & City, Circle) is slightly further but is often less congested on major match days and offers more trains.
Train Paddington is about two miles away.
Car Parking very limited (members only) and on-street and underground parking expensive.
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2015
Thu May 21 - Mon May 25
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
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1st Test - England v New Zealand
Thu Jul 16 - Mon Jul 20
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06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
2nd Test - England v Australia
Sat Sep 5 (50 ovs)
2nd ODI - England v Australia
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Overnight rain delayed the start of the third women's ODI at Lord's, England v India, 3rd women's ODI, Lord's, August 25, 2014
Overnight rain delayed the start of the third women's ODI at Lord's
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A river runs through it: heavy rain soaked the outfield, Middlesex v Nottinghamshire, Royal London Cup, Group B, Lord's, August 14, 2014
A river runs through it: heavy rain soaked the outfield
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An aerial view of the day's play at Lord's, England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day, July 18, 2014
An aerial view of the day's play at Lord's
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Spectators queue outside Lord's on the first morning of the Test, England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day, July 17, 2014
Spectators queue outside Lord's on the first morning of the Test
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Ground Fixtures Ground Results
1st Test: England v New Zealand at Lord's
May 21-25, 2015 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
2nd Test: England v Australia at Lord's
Jul 16-20, 2015 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
2nd ODI: England v Australia at Lord's
Sep 5, 2015
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