Any cricket fan would agree that 2019 has already been one of the most iconic years for the sport after the exciting and memorable ICC Cricket World Cup that saw England crowned champions for the first time in a nerve-jangling final against New Zealand that went down an unprecedented Super Over.
Could this represent a new era of dominance for English cricket? The Ashes series certainly represents an opportunity to back-up that notion. A win over Australia in the test format would not only cement England's greatest ever year of cricket, but it would also go some way to putting them on top of the world of cricket across all formats. Either way, expectations are at all-time high for English cricket.
2019 also welcomed a new era in hospitality at Edgbaston with the debut of 501*; our newest hospitality experience located in the Pavilion stand.
Guests at the 1882 Club, Experience Club and Warwickshire Suite were also treated to an exciting start to the Ashes, enjoying a world-class experience whilst watching an exciting and unpredictable first test.
The video below summarises the ranges of experiences available at Edgbaston...
Named after Brian Lara’s record-breaking 501 unbeaten innings for Warwickshire County Cricket Club at Edgbaston in 1994, 501* is the venue's latest hospitality experience. Our fascinating feature wall displayed in the images below highlights the world-renowned innings. Each metallic disc details what happened in each of the deliveries Lara faced across that innings, with every 50 milestone highlighted in blue. It's an intriguing piece of art that captured the imagination of our guests.
Our guests were then treated to a relaxed yet sophisticated hospitality experience with the facility’s own dedicated bar, as well as a comprehensive food station inspired by different global cuisines from curries to carvings of various meat and fish. With the offering of various hot and cold breakfast options upon arrival also, guests could enjoy the full experience whilst capturing the cricketing action; 501*’s own glass fronted view allowed guests to get closer to the action with panoramic views of the grounds. Guests also received a match seat in the stands in order to soak up the atmosphere of The Ashes even further.
Edgbaston Experience Club
The Edgbaston Experience Club saw some new additions and upgrades in time for this year’s Ashes series. Guests could face overs at international standard and put their driving skills to the test in the new-look Games Zone area, featuring a cricket VR game and a Formula One driving simulator. Experience Club also featured new-look food stations, offering a relaxed yet exceptional experience. Another striking improvement this year was the addition of raised seating in the private balcony, so guests had more options to enjoy a day of cricket at their designated match seat in the West Upper Stand or on the balcony area of this impressive facility.
Ashes Legends entertain guests
Guests at both the 1882 Club, named after the year that Warwickshire County Cricket club was formed, and The Warwickshire Suite, were offered luxury hospitality with their own unique hospitality experiences. Guests at both facilities were treated to the presence of guest speakers Glenn McGrath, Steve Harmison and Johnathan Trott. The cricket legends shared some of their best memories and moments of the game as they played international cricket for their respectable teams. With McGrath considered one of the greatest bowlers of all time, Trott scoring 3835 test runs in his career and Harmison delivering balls of over 90mph in his prime, it was certainly a unique and unforgettable experience for our guests.
And, if you didn't make it to either facility this year, the below images should provide a glimpse of what you can expect from Edgbaston's hospitality. First, we have 1882 Club...
.....and also not forgetting our fabulous Warwickshire Suite...
The First Test
Following their World Cup triumph a few weeks earlier and their incredibly strong record on this ground, England were considered as favourites for the first test, despite fitness concerns and an unsettled top order. Led by the incredible batting displays of Steve Smith, Australia were able expose those vulnerabilities and stunned England on the final day of the match to come out as victorious in a topsy-turvy encounter and land the first blow in the five-test series. England were bundled out for 146 in their second innings, meaning that Australia now lead 1-0 after their 251-run win. England have had nine days to recover and must show their strengths in the second test at Lord’s.
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