Sunday, 31 May 2009

ICC Are A Bunch Of....

NWG is very lucky. She has lots of tickets for lots of games for the Twenty20 World Cup. All week she's been worrying about what the weather will be like, if she has good seats, if England will do well (we all know the answer to that, but it's still a worry).

And then today she received an email from Ticketmaster.

And it was not a friendly one.

First there was this:

Alcohol, metal cans or glass containers may not be brought into the ground at any time due to ICC regulations. For match days at Lord's please refer to the Lord's website (www.Lord' for the ground's specific regulations in this area.

Then there was this:

No large flags / banners, sticks or poles are allowed into the ground.

And, to top it all off, this:

The Event Authority reserves the right to refuse entry to any person carrying or wearing any other items or substances that may be deemed to be offensive, disruptive, dangerous or likely to infringe any party's rights or any party's safety or security or any dangerous article or substance not referred to above. The Event Authority also reserves the right to deny entry to any person who in the opinion of the Safety Officer posed a threat to the safety of spectators in the ground or whose presence posed a threat to public order.

Cricket is supposed to be fun. There should be banners and flags.

Cricket is supposed to be about the sport and having a drink comes a close second. Do the grounds stop you drinking alcohol? No. They just want to make sure you buy it all in their bars for more than it's worth.

This is wrong.


Amy said...

You should do it anyway just to get on TV. "Intoxicated banner-bearing woman carrying offensive items infringes on safety of spectators at cricket ground".

Go all out, be daring. Maybe even wear a tin foil hat to really shake things up a little. The Security folks won't know what to do with you.

Unknown said...

In Australia, musical instruments and mexican waves are banned, and you can only buy light beer (for same price as normal beer elsewhere).

GoodCricketWicket said...

How do the stewards go about dealing with an illicit mexican wave, evacuate the stadium?

NWG, will they be checking to make sure you are wearing an acceptable brand of shoes before letting you in?

The Nightwatchgirl said...

NWG will be starting every mexican wave, she will be bringing a 50 foot banner and between her and her friends she should be able to make up a brass band.

Homer said...

And to think that the ICC had claimed to have learned their lessons from the fiasco that was WC2007.

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.


SixSixEight said...

Hey lassy - flags and even bollywood music were in evidence at the home of cricket - I was gobbsmacked - there is hope yet!

The Indian contingent were very much 'we only sing when we are winnin' which was a bit of a letdown!

Paddy said...

I think Lord's still has an enlightened policy to bringing in alcohol. Well, one bottle of wine or four cans each, which is not bad. It's just being tieless in the Pavilion that they get sniffy about.

The Nightwatchgirl said...

But Paddy, NWG doesn't wear ties. She'll have to seat with the 'real fans.' No great loss.

SixSixEight - NWG has a nasty feeling that that will only be the case for the warm-up games. Come the competition, all will be strict and mean.