Somerset Pavilion: Letter from Guy Lavender
With the completion of the new Somerset Pavilion, I thought it would be helpful to outline how the Club intends to utilise the building for the 2016 season.
If I could start with a brief update. The Somerset Pavilion was formally handed over to the Club by our main contractor RG Spiller on Monday. We are extremely pleased by the design and workmanship invested in the new building and I am sure that you will take great pleasure in using the facility. There were a number of minor delays in the latter stages of the project which were primarily focused on ensuring that the building met our exacting specifications. Despite the extended build programme I can confirm that the project was completed on budget.
We are delighted that Colin Graves, the Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, has agreed to open the building on November 20th. This is an invitation only event, primarily for our main partners and platinum/gold donors who have supported the project so generously. Once that has been completed, we will identify days for Members to come and look around the new building. These dates will be advertised on the Club website. We will also have a general opening ceremony to mark the start of the 2016 season to which all are welcome to attend.
The Somerset Pavilion comprises the following facilities:
- Tiered ground floor seating with concessions and toilets.
- A café bistro located on the ground floor.
- The 1875 Club and five high quality boxes on the first floor.
- Top floor seating with concessions and toilets.
- The roof top terrace.
- Media centre.
In terms of usage, we shall operate the building in the following way for the 2016 season and review those arrangements at the end of the year:
- The café bistro will be open to both Members and non-Members on all match days. It will also be open from December 1st on all non-match days for the general public.
- The ground floor seats will be available for Members and non-Members for County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup matches but will be Members only for NatWest T20 Blast games.
- The 1875 Club and boxes will be restricted to those that have purchased Membership of the 1875 Club or a box.
- The top floor seats will be Members only for County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup matches. For NatWest T20 Blast matches the top floor seats will be sold separately and will be available for purchase by non-Members or Members (for an incremental fee).
- The roof top terrace will remain open whenever possible for Members during County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup matches but may be restricted on occasions for the Club’s use. The roof top terrace will be sold separately for NatWest T20 Blast matches.
- The media centre will only be accessible for accredited media.
In formulating these plans, we have tried to strike a sensible balance by ensuring that the building can be used by all Members for the majority of matches, whilst maximising the commercial opportunities of our seven home NatWest T20 Blast fixtures.
We are very proud of the new building – the views for watching cricket are superb and I am sure you will enjoy making use of the new facility.
CEO Somerset County Cricket Club