With the continued easing of Government restrictions, Kent Cricket has today confirmed that Members and Six Pack Holders will be able to gain entrance to our remaining LV= Insurance County Championship matches at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence without booking a Member ticket in advance.
Members and Six Pack Holders will simply need to show their 2021 Membership cards which will be scanned at the gate.
Seats across the ground will not be allocated and Members and supporters will be able to bring in their own chairs for these matches.
Whilst the ground will continue to be divided into two zones; Zone A – Old Dover Road entrance and Zone B – Nackington Road entrance; it will now be possible to walk between the Zones using the drive behind the Woolley stand and access will be granted from either zone.
General admission tickets for the remaining matches will be available for non-Members to purchase via the Kent Cricket online ticket shop, on Wednesday 18 August at 11:30.
- Kent vs. Worcestershire – The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence – Sunday 5 – Wednesday 8 September – 10:30 start (Gates open at 09:30)
- Kent vs. Middlesex – The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence – Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 September – 10:30 starts (Gates open at 09:30)
- Advance tickets:
- Adult: £15
- Junior (5-17): £5
- Gate prices:
- Adult: £20
- Junior (5-17): £10
The revised plans are part of Kent Cricket’s Stage 5 – Elite Sport – Return to Spectators plan. This plan has been developed in the light of latest Government guidance, ECB protocol and advice of the public health authorities and local Safety Advisory Group.
The plan sees match day capacity for the two remaining Championship matches set at 3,000. This is double the previous capacity for Championship matches earlier in the season but less than the 4,000 set for the Vitality Blast Quarter Final when a temporary stand will be added.
A number of important safety protocol around the ground will also remain in place:
- The Leslie Ames Seating Area, The Leslie Ames Stand and The Chiesman Pavilion
- To protect the safety of the players, staff and match officials, the above areas will remain dedicated as a Players and Match Officials Areas (PMOA).
- Frank Woolley Stand
- The Frank Woolley Stand will be closed for the remainder of season 2021, with plans underway for the stand to undergo a full refurbishment in 2022. However, limited accessibility seating will be permitted in the lower section, based on a first come, first served basis.
- The Colin Cowdrey Stand Lower
- This seating area is reserved for hospitality bookings.
- Please note, with grass space and seating areas in the ground still restricted, it will unfortunately not be possible to allow dogs into the ground with the exception of trained Assistance dogs.
There will be 100 parking spaces available on the ground for Spitfire Ground Car Parking Pass Holders only. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day, with production of a valid 2021 Membership pass which states ‘CAR PARKING 2021’. Alternative parking will also be available at the New Dover Road Park and Ride.
Limited blue badge parking spaces at The Spitfire Ground will be available to book in advance on a first come- first served basis, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01227 456 886.
The month-long divisional phase of 2021’s LV= Insurance County Championship begins on Monday 30 August with four additional rounds of matches to be staged to confirm the champions across three divisions. Having played ten games in the initial Group Stage, the 18 first-class counties have been split into three Divisions based on finishing positions in their respective groups.
Kent will be competing in Division Three with Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Sussex and Worcestershire. Kent will not play against the other team from their initial group, Sussex, but will carry through half the number of points it scored in the two matches played against them in the Group Stage.
Kent’s Division Three fixtures in full:
Kent Cricket’s CEO, Simon Storey, said: “We want everyone’s visit to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence to be safe, comfortable and hassle-free and throughout the pandemic, we have tried to strike the right balance.
“The off-field team are continuing to work incredibly hard to ensure the safe return of crowds and these new arrangements are designed to allow as many Members and supporters as possible to watch the conclusion of the LV= Insurance County Championships season.
“Whilst Government restrictions continue to ease, we ask Members and supporters to continue to observe social distancing and respect the fact that others may be feeling more or less vulnerable as they return to watch cricket as part of a crowd.
“We look froward to welcoming our Members and supporters back to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence and thank them for their continued support and understanding.”