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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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14 Feb 2019
IAAPA winter forum addresses crisis issues
Crisis management and public relations were mixed with water and wildlife as more than 60 attractions industry professionals from 14 countries attended trade association IAAPA’s EMEA Winter Forum in the Canary Islands, Spain, at the end of January 2019.
14 Feb 2019
Speakers announced for Women in Wellness event
The Women in Wellness Leadership Conference, set to take place on 12 March in New York City, has announced a host of speakers designed to motivate attendees and galvanise them to take charge of their careers and lead with confidence.
11 Feb 2019
AEG Facilities and SMG merge to create global venue management business
AEG Facilities and SMG has revealed plans to merge, creating a standalone global facility management and venue services company that will operate as ASM Global.
11 Feb 2019
Tokyo 2020 medals to be made from salvaged metals from recycled electronic devices
All medals at the Tokyo 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made from recycled electronic devices – such as discarded mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops and other handheld devices.
08 Feb 2019
Seven sports secure UK Sport funding to help with Tokyo 2020 plans
Seven sports will receive extra funding to support their plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
08 Feb 2019
Bryan Williams to receive the ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award
Dr Bryan Williams will be the recipient of the 2019 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. Williams is an international speaker and author who first spoke to ISPA members in 2006 and focuses on service excellence and leadership effectiveness.
05 Feb 2019
Chris Evans launches RunFestRun event
Radio DJ and media personality Chris Evans has launched a new running and music festival.
31 Jan 2019
2021 Rugby League World Cup venues revealed – Old Trafford to host finals day
Old Trafford in Manchester will host the "finals day" of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC2021).
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