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19 Sep 2018
Edgbaston to increase capacity for Ashes test and World Cup

Edgbaston Stadium is increasing its capacity ahead of a bumper year of international cricket in 2019, when the venue will host an Ashes test as well as matches during the ICC Cricket World Cup.

The decision to add 840 seats was made after pre-sales for the Ashes Test came in at 35 per cent higher than those for the previous Ashes Test played at Edgbaston in 2015.

The Birmingham venue is now working with Arena Seating to install a temporary stand for use across all days of the Ashes Test, as well as the five ICC World Cup Games to be played at the stadium. The extra capacity will also be in place for the domestic cricket season's T20 Finals Day.

Edgbaston is the largest cricket venue outside of London and the extra seating will push its total capacity to 25,400.

“Next year (2019) is going to be a very exciting year of cricket, so it’s good forward planning by the ground to make sure it can meet the fans' demand for the World Cup – and of course The Ashes test," said Dave Withey, MD of Arena Seating.

"Edgbaston always has a fantastic atmosphere so I’m sure every extra seat will be filled.”

Gareth Roberts, commercial director at Edgbaston Stadium, added: “There’s never been a bigger programme of cricket in Birmingham than what’s in store for 2019, with the Ashes, ICC Cricket World Cup and T20 Finals Day all coming to Edgbaston.

“In response to the initial demand that we’ve seen, we wanted to give more spectators an opportunity to secure tickets for these games.”


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19 Oct 2018
Blackstone acquires live events specialist NEC Group
Private equity giant Blackstone has acquired UK-based live events venue operator National Exhibition Centre Group from LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.
18 Oct 2018
Alessandri, Clodagh, McCann lead GWS Wellness Awards
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) celebrated recipients of its 5th-annual Global Wellness Awards and the winners of its Shark Tank of Wellness student competition, all of which were announced at this year’s Summit at Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy. More than 630 invitation-only delegates hailing from 50 countries attended this year’s sold-out Summit, and the 2018 Global Wellness Award recipients, determined by the GWS Advisory Board, were announced on the final day of the Summit, as follows:
17 Oct 2018
Bidding for 2026 Olympics could shrink to a two-horse race as Stockholm looks to pull out
The troubled bidding process for the 2026 could become a two-horse race, after a newly-elected Stockholm City Government said no taxpayer money should be "wasted" on hosting the Games.
16 Oct 2018
Birmingham 2022 organisers to involve local communities in Games planning
The Birmingham 2022 organising committee has launched a campaign which will allow local communities to have their say and help shape the city's Commonwealth Games.
05 Oct 2018
Four Seasons Lana’i wins ISPA’s Innovation of the Year award
Four Seasons Lana’i was named this year’s overall winner for ISPA Innovation of the Year award for its Zen Horse Sunset Yoga experience.
27 Sep 2018
Germany to host Euro 2024 after beating Turkey in final vote
Germany has beaten Turkey to host the Euro 2024 football tournament, after a vote by UEFA's Executive Committee.
25 Sep 2018
EAS 2018: Dutch politician Mona Keijzer opens Euro Attractions Show
Mona Keijzer, state of secretary for the Department of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands, was on hand for the launch of this year's European Attractions Show (EAS) - the largest in the event's history.
18 Sep 2018
Tokyo preparing for 'transformative' Olympic Games
The organising committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has pledged to use the 'power of sport to change the world', when it hosts the event in two years' time.
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