Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium has confirmed that it will increase its capacity for next summer’s major cricket matches.
Following the announcement that Vitality Blast Finals Day has sold out earlier than ever and that the club has received record demand for tickets for a non-Ashes Test match, Edgbaston will once again be installing an 840-seat temporary stand for use across England’s Test match against West Indies and ODI versus Ireland, plus Finals Day.
The installation will make Edgbaston the UK’s largest cricket stadium outside of London.
In a 2019 which saw record crowds at Edgbaston and around the country, tickets for 2020 have sold in record numbers, with sales up over four times compared to the same point for the club’s previous fastest-selling non-Ashes Test, against India in 2018.
Vitality Blast Finals Day, meanwhile, sold out within just three weeks of this summer’s showpiece event and before tickets went on general sale. The event had previously sold out in May for the 2019 edition.
Alex Perkins, Head of Commercial at Edgbaston Stadium, said:
2019 was a truly record-breaking year for cricket on and off the field and I’m sure this summer will live long in all sports fans memories. Attendances, viewing figures and engagement rose significantly and we’re delighted to have seen that impact at Edgbaston.
We’re very proud to host the biggest games at Edgbaston and we’re delighted to welcome the world champions back to a ground where they’ll have very fond memories.
For the first time, Edgbaston ran a public ballot for all its Major Matches in 2020 to provide cricket supporters from across the country the best chance to secure tickets and fairly manage the growing demand.
So far, Edgbaston has sold over 83,000 tickets across the three major matches, a record number for the same point in any previous year at Edgbaston.
Edgbaston will first host England’s Test match against West Indies from Friday 12 to Tuesday 16 June, before the world champions return to Birmingham for an ODI on Saturday 12 September. Vitality Blast Finals Day will be held on Saturday 5 September.