This article will uncover the hidden gems in the history of all the key Test Match venues and the various corporate hospitality packages on offer.
England typically hosts two International Test Nations per summer. The tours are comprised of Test, One Day International (ODI), and International T20 (IT20) fixtures.
There are several Test Match venues around the UK and each one has its own unique history, quirks, and selling points. This article will delve into the key 5 Test Match venues and highlight some memorable moments at each ground.
The aim, to inspire you to secure your attendance this summer with Engage and enjoy premium corporate hospitality whilst England compete against the world’s best.
Where else could we start when discussing Test Cricket venues. The Marylebone CC, better known as Lord’s or the ‘Home of Cricket’ is England’s primary Test Venue. Steeped in history this iconic stadium has seen every great and some not-so-great cricketers. From Bradman to Botham and Waugh to Warne Lord’s has been the proverbial mecca to players and fans alike.
Lord’s has been a Test Match venue since 1884 and has held 137 Test Match fixtures in total. England enjoys playing at this Test venue winning 55, losing 32, and drawing 50 matches.
The achievements board at Lord’s is for many seen as the ultimate success. To be forever immortalized in writing at ‘The home of Cricket’ is a symbol that the individual has reached the pinnacle of the game.
Engage provide a range of VIP match day corporate hospitality packages in our exclusive ICON facility. Fully glass fronted the suite is flooded with natural light and overlooks the Nursery Ground where players are known to warm up or train pre-match or during the game.
Our clients have had lots of photos with International stars in this area.
Exclusive ICON hospitality includes a cooked breakfast on arrival, VIP blocked and reserved match day ticket, a complimentary bar, 4-course lunch, and afternoon tea.
Since 1845 The Oval has been based in Surrey, a stadium iconic the world over for its history and unique gasholders that have overlooked each fixture since 1853. The Oval was the host of the first-ever Test Match in the UK and was the place the Ashes were created in 1882.
The Oval is now synonymous with winning the Ashes, so often the final Test Match venue in the series the urn is always lifted by the winning team in front of the pavilion. England’s Ashes success’ in 2005, 2009, and 2013 were well received in front of a packed house.
Engage offer a range of corporate hospitality packages at this Test Match venue. Both our exclusive ICON and LIVE facilities are located in the middle tier of the OCS Stand.
Both ICON and LIVE are fully glass-fronted and overlook the playing surface. Enjoy the spectacle from the comfort of your VIP blocked and reserved seats or step out onto our private roof terrace to stretch your legs.
Guests can expect a VIP experience including a cooked breakfast on arrival, VIP blocked and reserved match day ticket, a complimentary bar, 4-course lunch, and afternoon tea.
Headingly has been a test match venue since 1899. When full its 17,000 supporters are some of the most passionate. Located in the backstreets of suburban Leeds, Headingly has seen two of the greatest fightbacks by English Test Teams.
Everyone’s most recent memory of this test match venue was of Ben Stokes and Jack Leach seeing England home against Australia in the 3rd Test of the Ashes.
Stokes and Leach set a record for an English team by chasing their largest ever total in the fourth innings. Reaching 362 for the loss of 9 wickets.
However arguably more famous was the 1981 Test, again against Australia, when England upset odds of 500/1 to win by 18 runs. It was Ian Botham and Bob Willis on this occasion who rescued England.
Corporate hospitality at Headingly has been elevated in recent years as the ground has been redeveloped.
The state-of-the-art facilities offer the ultimate in spectator viewing with the Emerald Stand boasting arguably one of the best views in world cricket.
Engage provide a range of official VIP corporate hospitality packages at Headingly including The Emerald and Director’s Suite, The Century and Emerald Stand Boxes, and The Headingly Pavilion.
Old Trafford Cricket Ground is twinned with the famous Football Stadium and has been the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club since 1864.
It became a Test venue in 1884 and has been considered one of the great UK cricket stadiums since. Old Trafford is one of the few venues which hosts all three formats of International Cricket.
Recently developed Old Trafford now has an onsite and is pushing the boundaries of what a state-of-the-art cricket ground can be used for. Old Trafford piloted T20 fixtures to be followed by concerts trying different options to generate revenue.
One of the only grounds in the UK to offer accommodation through its hotel which has VIP rooms with balconies overlooking the playing surface.
Old Trafford has witnessed some of the most defining moments in cricket. From Tendulkar’s maiden hundred to Warne’s Ball of the Century’. We’re sure there will be many more to come, so secure your attendance today with Engage an official hospitality provider.
We provide a range of corporate hospitality options at this historic cricket ground.
The Century Lounge and The Captains Club offer a true VIP experience for you and your guests. So, slap on the sun cream and take your seats for the next installment in the history of this epic venue.
Trent Bridge, the site of two of England’s greatest achievements has been a Test Cricket venue since 1899.
Comparatively speaking it is a younger stadium compared to the other 4 main Test venues in the UK.
This stunning venue is nestled on the banks of the Trent and is considered by players and spectators to be one of the most pleasant in England.
As well as its beauty Trent Bridge produces one of the best atmospheres at Test Venues.
The history of the ground is worth looking into.
In short captain of the county, the team built the pitch in a local meadow that belonged to the nearby pub. The Inn named the Trent Bridge Inn was the initial accommodation for players who were competing against Nottinghamshire, and thus Trent Bridge was born.
Engage provide official corporate hospitality for all International fixtures. The Dereck Randall and The SIX offer a premium experience. Allowing you and your guests to relax and soak up the day’s play.
England Test Match Fixtures:
New Zealand is first up for a 2 match Test series.
India will conclude the Men’s international summer with 5 Tests
- 1st Test Match 4-8 August – Trent Bridge
- 2nd Test Match 12-16 August – Lord’s
- 3rd Test Match 25-29 August – Emerald Headingley
- 4th Test Match 2-6 Sept – Kia Oval
- 5th Test Match 10-14 Sept – Emirates Old Trafford