The Club is pleased to confirm that The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence’s capacity for our upcoming Vitality Blast matches against Hampshire Hawks, Middlesex and Gloucestershire has been increased to 1,500, or 25% of our full pre-COVID-19 capacity.
The visit of Hampshire Hawks on Wednesday will come exactly 650 days since the last crowd to watch live T20 cricket filled The Spitfire Ground, when Kent Spitfires took on Gloucestershire.
Chief Executive, Simon Storey, said: “We’ve been working extremely hard with the support of relevant authorities to ensure that we can progressively and safely raise our capacity to the maximum possible under current Government restrictions.
“Our recent Championship matches have enabled us to test our operational processes to ensure that we are ready to open for a larger crowd as safely as possible.
“We have seen that our Members and supporters have understood the need respecting the COVID-19 protocols the Club has in place and we have received exceptional support from our partners including representatives from local public health authority, Kent County Council, Canterbury City Council, ECB, Sports Ground Safety Authority and the emergency services.
“There has been phenomenal interest in the Vitality Blast and we expect all the matches to sell out at this limited capacity. The Spitfire Ground has a unique atmosphere and it will be great new be able to welcome a larger crowd for Kent Spitfires’ Vitality blast matches.”
The window remains open for Priority Groups 1-4 and any remaining tickets can be purchased online via kentcricket.co.uk from Tuesday 8 June at 17:00.
We again ask that all Members that have claimed tickets advise us as soon as possible if they no longer require their seats by emailing email@example.com with details of their Name, Invicta Number and the match that they do not wish to attend.
With Government restrictions due to be reviewed as part of the Roadmap out of Lockdown no earlier than 21 June, The match against Essex eagles on Sunday 20 will also be played in front of 1,500 crowd.
Matches after 21 June will also be sold towards a 1,500 limit, with a possible increase in capacity dependent on the outcome of the Government’s review.