London Oval to reduce crowd capacity | Sunday Observer

London Oval to reduce crowd capacity

Surrey hope to stage cricket in front of a reduced-capacity crowd at The Oval at some stage this summer, chief executive Richard Gould has said.

The county are looking into whether they could safely welcome up to 6,000 fans to the ground.

The Oval can hold 25,500 spectators and regularly sells out for international fixtures and T20 Blast matches.

No cricket has been played in England since the coronavirus pandemic halted competitive sport in March. The Oval was due to host the first Test of the summer between England and the West Indies next week, but the season is on hold until at least 1 July. It is looking increasingly unlikely the historic ground will hold any international cricket this year with the ECB likely to favour stadiums with on-site hotels.

"There is work ongoing but at a very gentle pace. One of the issues cricket has is we can only play in the summer," Gould told BBC Sport.

"Therefore we'd like to understand possibilities of getting fans in later on in the summer."