Lord’s Cricket Stadium

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LORD’S CRICKET GROUND

Lord’s Cricket Ground, commonly referred to as Lord’s, is situated in London in St.John’s Wood, England. With a seating capacity of 31,100, it is known as the “Home of Cricket”. This iconic venue in London is managed by Marylebone Cricket Club(MCC). It is also the home ground of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Middlesex Country Cricket Club, and European Cricket Council. Likewise, it was also the home ground for the International Cricket Council(ICC) till August 2005. This stadium is also termed as the World’s Oldest Sporting Museum Home. This cricket venue was established by Thomas Lord and also named after him. It is one of the oldest stadiums with immense history records. Not only this, but this ground also holds the title of “Mecca of Cricket” because it was the first stadium that was built intentionally for a game of Cricket.

Lord's London

Basic Information

Real NameLord’s Cricket Ground
Known AsLord’s
Named AfterThomas Lord
Established 1814
OwnerMarylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
SituatedLondon, England UK
LocationSt. John’s Wood, London
Capacity 31,100 Spectators
TenantsEngland and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
Coordinates51.5294°N, 0.1727°W
Time ZoneUTC+1:00
End NamesPavilion End, Nursery End
First Match22 June, 1814
Pitch TypeGrass
Area11500 m²
ShapeRectangle
FloodlightsYes
Home GroundMarylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
Middlesex
CuratorMick Hunt

History

Thomas Lord was a professional cricketer. He was correlated with MCC and Middlesex. From 1787 to 1802, he had a first-class cricket career. Thomas fabricated three grounds and now present Lord’s is the third one. In 1787, Thomas initiated the first stadium. This stadium, at first was used by MCC until 1810, but then altercations relating to rent induced it to be relocated. Now at that spot, Dorset Square is located, also known as Old Lord’s Ground.

old lord's

Then in 1811, as a result of conflicts, a second stadium was established. At this stadium, until 1813, many significant matches were held. It was a very short-term venue because it was on the travel route of Regent’s Canal settled by Parliament. 

Later on, Eyre’s family occupied the “Middle Ground” which was on their domain so they offered a new nearby plot, which impetus Lord to move his ground once again. This playground was inventively a duck pond in St. John’s Woods. This factor incites the popular Lord’s slope which is 8 feet originally. In addition, it was inaugurated in 1841 and the first match also took place the same year. 

Match History

This cricket ground has witnessed many epochal showdowns. The very First-Class match took place in July 1814.

The first century was scored against Middlesex by Fredrick Woodbridge with Felix Landbork of Epsom who was a hobbyist cricketer. Along with this, the second century was also scored in this match.

Moreover, the annual match of school-based challengers Harrow School and Eton College got back to this new ground in 1818, which had previously taken place at the old ground in 1805.

In 1820, double centuries were scored in first-class matches. William Ward for MCC, against Norfolk, had scored 278 runs. On 23 July 1823, the original pavilion of the ground was blazed up which was rejuvenated at substantial expenditures. This was again re-established by the Lord. Just because St. John’s Woods had undergone swift progress, Lord pitched residential expansion which was hindered by William Ward and he procured the land for £5,000.

In addition, the First University Match was held in 1827 having Cambridge and Oxford as rivals. William Ward dominated 1835 after which it was ceded to James Dark; a professional English Cricketer.

Developments at Lord’s

To talk about it, various developments ensued here. In 1838, along with the addition of gas lighting, the pavilion of the Lord’s was remolded. Likewise, seating cubes were put in a circle so that spectators could enjoy the game with a clear view at an appropriate distance. In 1846, a scorekeeping monitor was also added for the audience’s convenience. During the years 1849-50, further configurations were added such as a separate entrance for professionals to the field, drainage system, and compact press whereas score sheets were also introduced during enhancements.

Additional advancements took place at Lord’s in the years 1867-68. It comprised of cricket net for players to practice and the fabrication of a spectator area. This tribune was designed by Arthur Allom. Likewise, an abode for the press was also added. 

beautiful structure of Lords

To put a spotlight on the pitch report at Lord’s in 1860, it was strongly condemned because of its pathetic condition. Even in 1864, the Sussex Country Cricket Club repudiated to play here due to poor pitch conditions.

Furthering the situation in the 1860s and ’70s, top-tier social gatherings took place. It includes a University Match between Oxford and Cambridge, a public school match between Eton and Harrow, and Gentleman v/s Players; a team of armatures and professional cricketers. During these social happenings, mass multiplied which provoked the idea of boundary in the year 1866. Later on in 1871, to control these expanded gatherings rotating barriers were fabricated.

In a further development, the pitch condition got better and a pavilion was extended. Likewise, to enhance the audience capacity a barrier was constructed which provided 4000 audience capacity. An additional cabin was also added four years later to replace the old one alongside the construction of stables, a storage room, and a new workshop, all of which amounted to an expenditure of £1,000.

A new pavilion was erected in 1889-90 for the reason of increasing membership and audience capacity. It was designed by Thomas Verity.

Renovations at Lord’s

In 1923, Grace Gates also known as W. G Grace Memorial Gates were erected at Lord’s, St.John Woods. These gates were added in the commemoration of W.G Grace who died in 1915. He was an amateur cricketer and played a vital role in the development of sports, and was also considered among the biggest players. These gates were commenced by Stanley Jackson who was a soldier and English cricketer along with a Conservative Party Politician.

With an increasing crowd capacity, it was decided to reform the venue further. The old grand viewing platform was not enough to accommodate the audience so it was demolished and new stands were fabricated, which was designed by Herbert Baker, in 1926. Baker dealt with further development by building one more stand known as Q next to the pavilion, and more stands at Nursey End in 1934.

Overview of Lord's stadium

During WWII, this ground has witnessed many destructions. But as the war years ended, games started to be scheduled at this historical venue. At times, many temporary and permanent renovations also took place here.

Seating Capacity

The current seating capacity at Lord’s is 31,100. Many renovations have increased this capacity because of increasing membership and a massive crowd.

unprallel view for audience at Lord's

Boundary Length

This stadium is known for its vast boundaries. These large boundaries give an edge to bowlers and spinners also. Due to the wide mid-wicket, bowlers took advantage by varying lengths appropriately and accordingly.

To consider the lengths, point boundaries, and squares are 68 meters approximately, constituting the ground’s compressed section. Contrarily, the third-man boundaries, and fine leg, span 72 meters each, located behind wickets. These lengths are pretty extensive compared to the rest of the stadiums in the World.

Pitch Report

Back then pitch at Lord’s was criticized badly. But with enhancements, now it is considered as a good supporting edge for spinners and bowlers. Due to the wide mid-wicket and slope, bowlers took advantage by varying lengths appropriately and accordingly.

Pitch at Lord's Stadium England

Dimensions

Taking into consideration the dimensions at Lord’s, cover boundaries are measured at approximately 88 meters. Contrarily, mid-wicket boundaries are 91 meters whereas straight boundary is 84 meters long.

Architecture

This emblematic venue is known for its unique and picturesque look. Moreover, it is designed following Modern tech-infused and Victorian Architecture. Since this ground was time-honored, various establishments have been done till now. In recent renovations, newly constructed stands are essential components of this stadium to ensure the long-term viability of the ground. These stands offer enhanced seating capacity, access, and facilities along with significantly improved views and enjoyable experiences for cricket enthusiasts.

Futuristic Architect by WilkinsonEyre

Recently erected Edrich and Compton stands by Wilkinson Eyre on both sides of the J.P Morgan media center. This media center is situated Nursery end of the ground. These stands at the stadium include integrated amenities, sheltered areas, and raised pavement that seamlessly connects these two stands with Grandstands and knolls. These stands have now become towering stands offering unparalleled views of the playing field with their three-tier design. In 1999, it won the Royal Institute of British Architects’s Stirling Prize. Recently in the year 2021, Endrich and Compton’s stands were re-established, bringing up the present seating capacity by adding 2,600 more seats. The addition of new stands contributes to a group of structures maintaining the “Village Green Atmosphere”; the core identity of Lord’s England. These stands are covered with white shelters that add a spark to the outlook of the stadium. 

Location

The precise location of Lord’s is given as

St John’s Wood Rd, London at NW8 8QN, UK

You can reach the venue from Marylebone; mainline railway station on the Chiltern line. It takes a 10-minute walk from the ground to the station whereas Paddington Station is a 20-minute walk from the ground.

To get by air, London City Airport (LCY) is the nearest which is almost 9.8 miles from the ground. 

Stands

Following are the names of the stands at Lord’s:

Visuals of Edrich and Compton Stands

StandsDesigned By
Compton Stand
Edrich Stand
Future Systems
Warner StandBAM
Mound StandMichael Hopkins and Partners
Tavern Stand
Alles Stand
Wilkinson Eyre
Grand StandNicholas Grimshaw

Pavilion

This pavilion was constructed in 1889-1890. It is the third pavilion which is built with bricks ornamented with intricate terracotta facades featuring patriarchy dedicated to Lord Harris.

Pavilion at Lord's

This magnificent venue comprises of lengthy core area which is two-story. It has a sheltered seating nestled with two terminal towers; adorned with detailed crafted metal candle lanterns and crowned with conical roofs.

Long Room

The ground floor of the pavilion has a Long Room. Players reach to dressing room through this path. This room is decorated with paintings of primarily, English Cricketers from the 18th to 21st Century.

Long Room at Lord's

Gardens

There are two Gardens at Lord’s named Harris and Coronation Garden.

Coronation Garden was built in 1952 for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. A statue of W.G Grace also stands here; made up of bronze. During match days, it serves as a great place for picnics. Ash and other trees grown here provide a shadow under which benches are placed.

Harris Garden

In 1934, Harris Garden, previously known as Rose Garden was built in memory of Lord Harris. It was re-opened in 2018. Adorned with a dedication to Lord Harris, this restoration encompassed the uncovering of a flint wall along the rear of the garden. Flower beds with floral designs also fabricated added a spark to the heavenly beauty of this garden. This garden can be hired privately for 300 people approximately. 

Media Centre

In 1995, it was decided to be built during the MCC meeting. Being approved its construction in December 1996, a place between Compton and Edrich stands was decided. It cost about £5 million, designed by Future Systems. In January 1997, the establishment started. This centre comprises 32 sections. It has also won 8 architectural awards and its sponsorship also keeps passing on. Now J.P. Morgan has its sponsorship rights. The lower tier of this center can accommodate 118 journalists at a time.

media centre at Lord's cricket stadium

Other Facilities

It is associated with a traditional venue for cricket including a museum, library, shop, and many other facilities. This magnificent venue along with glorious infrastructure also provides facilities to its audience. Various food outlets at Lord’s provide you with diverse and quality food options. You can also bring your food to the stadium and enjoy it at a picnic location at Coronation Garden. People can also place their order for picnic hampers for international matches 72 hours before. World-class facilities are provided for players and spectators alike.

MCC Museum

You can enter the museum via Lord’s tour. This museum represents the exposure and the history of cricket. Established in 1864, it portrays the athletic heritage that correlates people and moments through things. You can get free entry in case of international matches.

MCC museum

MCC Library

Likewise, you can also drop by this library via Lord’s. It comprised the World’s comprehensive and comprehensive books pledged to cricket. This opens up on non-match days on appointments and also works as a private library for MCC members on match days.

MCC library

Lord’s Shop

Clothing outlets at Lord’s also offer you with broad spectrum of headwear, gifts, and mementos.

Atmosphere

Undoubtedly, it has a prestigious and unique atmosphere that creates a thrilling vibe on the ground. Attending the match here is considered a special experience for cricket enthusiasts. The unique tradition of spectators dressing in formal attire including blazers and ties, sets it apart and adds a distinct ambiance.

formal attire at Lord's

First Match

Following are the details of the first matches at Lord’s.

First Test Match

The very first match at Lord’s was played in 1884 from 21-23 July between Australia and England.

First T20 Match

The first T-20 was played in 2009 on 5 June between the Netherlands and England.

First ODI

Likewise, the first ODI was played in 1972 on 26 August between Australia and England.

Now let’s put a spotlight on some Statistics of matches that happened here.

STATS-Test

Below is the table of statistics related to test matches:

Total Matches145
Won batting first52
Won bowling first42
Average 1st inn. score310
Average 2nd inn. score299
Average 3rd inn. score257
Average 4th inn. score157
Total Lowest Score38/10 England v/s Ireland
Total Highest Score729/6 England v/s Australia

STATS-T20

Below is the table of statistics related to T20 matches:

Total Matches12
Won batting first6
Won bowling first5
Average 1st inn. score151
Average 2nd inn. score129
Total Lowest Score85/10 New Zealand(W) v/s England (W)
Total Highest Score199/4 World XI v/s West Indies
Lowest Score Chased128/7 New Zealand v/s South Africa
Highest Score Chased163/6 England v/s Netherlands

STATS-ODI

Below is the table of statistics related to ODI’s:

Total Matches84
Won batting first40
Won bowling first39
Average 1st inn. score230
Average 2nd inn. score201
Total Lowest Score85/10 South Africa(W) v/s England (W)
Total Highest Score334/4 India v/s England
Lowest Score defended169/10 England (W) v/s India (W)
Highest Score Chased326/8 England v/s India

Domestic Stats

Below is the table of statistics related to Domestic records:

First ClassHighest Total 
Lowest Total
Highest Individual
645/6
15
316*
List AHighest Total 
Lowest Total
Highest Individual
368/2
57
187*
Twenty T20Highest Total 
Lowest Total
Highest Individual
223/7
90
102

Other Sports

To talk about it, it has hosted various games other than cricket. Details about them are given below:

During match at Lord's

Lacrosse

The Canadian pioneers first time played lacrosse in 1833. When an exhibition match was played by Canadian Gentlemen Armatures, lacrosse returned. It got back again in 1883 when the Canadian lacrosse team played at this stadium. In October 1953, Lacrosse Championship Match has also been played here in front of thousands of spectators.

Baseball

In 1874, the first baseball match was played at this iconic venue between two leading teams of American baseball; Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Stockings. To raise funds for Canadian widows and orphans after the First World War, one more baseball match was held here.

Hockey

A Hockey tournament also took place at this ground, live broadcasted on BBC, in which Pakistan won over India and later on also defeated Belgium.

The pre-Olympics field hockey 1986 tournament was also held here.

In 1969, a University Match between Oxford and Cambridge took place at this multi-purpose stadium. In the 1970s, various tournaments were held here too.

Archery

Plenty of archery tournaments and matches are held at Lord’s. The Nursery Ground’s northern side was built to set it as a venue for archery in 1838. The archery competition took place in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Lawn Tennis

In May 1875, a tennis court was decided to be built in a general meeting at this venue regardless of all criticism from members of MCC. It was first built in October 1838 but demolished. In 1866, a championship between public schools was hosted by Lord’s.

Events and Functions

Apart from games, it is also used for various conferences, events, and functions; making it a versatile venue for different occasions.

Where is Lord situated?

It is situated in the city of St.John Woods London, England UK.

What is the seating capacity at Lords?

The spectator’s capacity is 31,100.

Why is the Lord named Lord?

It was named after Thomas Lord, a professional English cricketer.

Who is the owner of Lords?

It is operated by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

Which ground is called the Mecca of Cricket?

Lord’s Cricket Ground in London is called the “Mecca of Cricket”.

Tanzeha, as a cricket enthusiast, delivers rational, clean cut and advanced information. In addition, she writes after completing research about all facts and qualitative data.

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