Published: 13th July, 2020
After months without cricket and weeks of planning, around 500 people returned to The Kia Oval last week to watch this first #raisethebat Test.
Members of Surrey County Cricket Club were invited to watch on the televisions of the world famous Corinthian Roof Terrace, with a fully stocked bar available all day too. 320 Members came across the five days, with many also bringing a guest along.
As well as the England v West Indies fixture live on all screens, those in attendance also caught a glimpse of Surrey’s first team squad and some England Women training on the hallowed turf below. If that wasn’t enough, looking in the opposite direction gave some of the best views of central London.
With a check-in and temperature check on the ground floor and a one-way system in place on the roof, social distancing measures were observed by both staff and customers alike. Regular, thorough cleaning took place in all areas used and several hand sanitiser stations were available.
For those wanting to visualise the area, take a look at the below video from Tom Harris, a Senior Events Sales Executive at The Kia Oval.
The bar will open again at 10:30am on Thursday 16 July, half an hour before play begins in Manchester in the second #raisethebat Test. Each Member is permitted to bring along one guest.
Entry is free and on a first-come-first-served basis until the unlikely event in which capacity is reached. Those planning to attend are advised to bring their own PPE should they wish to.
Alex Lewis, Venue Director of The Kia Oval, said: “It was so good to welcome Members and their guests back to the The Kia Oval. After a lot of work in recent weeks to put safety measures in place and to ensure we were ready, it was really exciting to see new and old faces enjoying the facilities once again.
“With a panoramic view of the pitch and central London, lots of TVs and a full range of drinks, there’s nowhere better to watch the Test matches at the moment. We look forward to seeing lots return for this week’s match.”