Published: 23rd January, 2019
It looks set to be one of the biggest years of cricket in England ever but what does 2019 hold for Surrey and the Kia Oval in particular?
The World Cup will begin here, the Ashes will end here and Surrey have two titles to defend in the meantime. That’s just for starters.
Over the next few weeks we’ll take an alphabetical run through of the most exciting and prominent aspects of the year to come in South London and for the county.
As this is the third week we will be going from K – O today. Come back to kiaoval.com every Wednesday for the next batch of things to keep an eye out for.
K – Kia Catch
It will be back! Your chance to win £1000 at a Surrey home match in the Vitality Blast simply for catching the ball!
Keep your eyes peeled when the likes of Aaron Finch and Jason Roy are at the crease because any six that reaches the crowd will be eligible. Should one come your way, make sure your hands are free and your eyes are on the prize.
Should you take a clean catch our sponsors Kia will reward you with a grand! That sounds like an evening well spent, doesn’t it?
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) August 15, 2018
L – Leading the way for sports grounds
Following a host of environmentally focused announcements before the start of the 2018 season, the Kia Oval announced its plan to go single use plastic free by 2020.
All beer served in public areas at the ground has been served in recyclable and reusable pint cups since 2015 and over the next three years the club will work towards supplying all soft drinks in the same format. 2018 also saw the introduction of recyclable and reusable glasses in Members’ and hospitality areas of the ground. This process will continue throughout 2019.
In addition to this, we will continue to work closely with Sky Ocean Rescue – who initially launched their campaign during our 100th Test Match in 2017.
Our partnership with Fidelity Energy also means the ground and all of its conferencing and events spaces are powered entirely by 100% renewable energy on both matchdays and non-matchdays.
M – Members
With more than 11,500 Members, more than ever before in the Club’s long and illustrious history, the future looks bright for Surrey County Cricket Club.
Membership at Surrey provides access to home fixtures, entry to the Pavilion and invitations to a number of events throughout the season including forums, dinners and the End of Season Awards ceremony.
With Specsavers County Championship and Kia Super League trophies to defend, why not make the Kia Oval your second home during the summer? 2019 Memberships are available now!
N – Nat Sciver’s Stars
Having been to their first Finals Day in 2017, Surrey Stars went all the way in 2018!
Led by a World Cup winner and Wisden Cricketer of the Year, our very own Nat Sciver was the crux of the side supported by fellow England internationals Sarah Taylor, Laura Marsh and Surrey pathway graduate Bryony Smith. The overseas talent proved crucial too with Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk all starring.
In 2019, the Stars will play four matches at Guildford and one at the Kia Oval in their group stage as they look to again qualify for Finals Day on 1st September. Can they retain the trophy?
O – One Oval Square
The new development of the Lock/Laker Stand at the Kia Oval will increase the capacity of the ground to nearly 28,000 and will begin following the 2019 season.
This will see a new three tier stand built in between the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion and the Peter May Stand, with considerable new facilities for matchday experience, conference and events and hospitality included in new buildings that will link to the stand, known as One Oval Square.
We’ll back next week with the next instalment of our alphabetical run through of the most exciting aspects of 2019 at the Kia Oval.