The public ticket ballot for England’s internationals at Lord’s next year will open on Monday 12th December and run until Friday 6th January 2017. Four England matches are spread across the summer months, including Tests against South Africa and West Indies. With one-day internationals against South Africa and Ireland completing the fixture list, there will be plenty of action to enjoy at the Home of Cricket in 2017.
What is the ballot?
The general public ticket ballot is the system used by MCC to allocate tickets for international matches which take place at Lord’s.
Why does MCC use a ballot system?
The Club believes that a randomly selected ballot system is the fairest method available to distribute tickets to as many applicants as possible so they can attend a major match at the Home of Cricket.
How does it work?
Those wishing to attend an international match at Lord’s have a window of opportunity to apply for the ballot. For the 2016 season, including England’s Investec Tests against South Africa and West Indies, the ballot will be open between 12 December 2016 and 6 January 2017. Those wishing to apply for the ballot may do so at any time between these dates. Every application is treated equally, no matter when it is submitted, so take your time making your decisions. There is a limit to the number of tickets an applicant can apply for on each day. Once the application window is closed, a random computerised ballot is run to determine which entrants are allocated tickets.
What days does the ballot apply to?
The 2016 ticket ballot covers the following days:
- England v Ireland, 2nd Royal London ODI – Sun 7th May
- England v South Africa, 3rd Royal London ODI – Mon 29th May (Bank Holiday)
- England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test Match – Thu 6th – Mon 10th July
- England v West Indies, 3rd Investec Test Match – Thu 7th – Mon 11th Sept
What about day 5?
Tickets for Day 5 of England’s Investec Test matches in 2017 are not part of the public ticket ballot. Should either Test reach the final day, tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis on that day. Further ticket information, including prices etc, will be announced on the fourth day of the match and will be decided based on the amount of cricket remaining in the game.
What happens if I’m successful?
If you’re lucky enough to be allocated some or all of the tickets you applied for in the ballot, you will receive an email from MCC informing you of this and we will take payment using the card details provided. If we are unable to take the payment for whatever reason, we will contact you directly to give you the chance to make an alternative payment. Please ensure the contact details we have for you are correct before completing your application.
What happens if I’m unsuccessful?
Unfortunately, high demand for tickets at Lord’s means that many match days are oversubscribed each summer. Once the ballot is concluded, if you have missed out on the tickets for which you originally applied, we will inform you via email. For those who have missed out, we then offer a priority booking period for any major match tickets which are unsold after the ballot.
What happens to any unallocated tickets?
Following the drawing of the ballot, any unallocated tickets are placed on general sale, on a first-come-first-served basis, from tickets.lords.org. All applicants will be informed via email of the success of their application, as well as being provided with information about tickets that become available on general sale.
So, how do I apply?
Applications for matches in 2017 opens on Monday 12 December and runs until Friday 6 January. To be the first to know when the ballot opens, and for other ticket news and information from Lord’s, please register to receive our emails. APPLY NOW HERE!
Lord’s will also host four floodlit NatWest T20 Blast fixtures in 2017, with Middlesex taking on Surrey, Essex, Hampshire and Sussex on Thursday nights in July and August. Middlesex will also be looking to defend their County Championship title during an action-packed summer. The season at the Home of Cricket gets underway on Friday 21st April.