Somerset Pavilion now open
The magnificent new Somerset Pavilion is now officially open.
A special dinner was held within the stunning new facility on Friday evening for VIP guests plus those who donated to the Somerset Pavilion Appeal at the Platinum and Gold levels.
The Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Colin Graves had the honour of officially opening the new building ahead of a four course dinner which was served in the impressive 1875 Club.
Somerset CCC Chairman Andy Nash said: “The opening of the new Somerset Pavilion is a pivotal time in the long history of Somerset County Cricket Club. It represents the completion of Phase 4 of the staged redevelopment of one of cricket’s most famous County grounds. It will also achieve Category B status, provisionally granted to us by the ECB in 2013 and so secure international cricket at The County Ground. This will bring huge financial benefits to Somerset County Cricket Club and its hinterland as World Class cricket comes to Taunton.
“Vitally, the Somerset Pavilion also delivers a huge improvement in facilities for our Members, supporters and guests for matches and non-match days.
“Our sincere thanks are due to the many parties who have delivered the transformation of The County Ground in recent years. Taunton Deane Borough Council, the ECB, Barclays, Donors and Sponsors, the Architects and Project Managers, RG Spiller and their sub-contractors and last, and by no means least, the volunteers on the Club’s General Committee, Guy Lavender our CEO and his Executive team. The teamwork required to deliver a project of this scale and complexity on budget has been exemplary. The Club is greatly indebted to you all. You can be very proud of the difference you have made.”
Chief Executive Guy Lavender said: “This is a huge moment for everyone connected to the Club. The opening of this building will see Somerset County Cricket Club move to the next level both on and off the field. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported this project so generously. We are exceptionally proud of the Somerset Pavilion and I am sure that everyone who uses the facility, whether that be for a conference, a wedding reception or for watching cricket will be suitably impressed by their experience.”
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.
The building will operate in the following way for the 2016 season and these arrangements will be reviewed 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.
Pictured are CEO Guy Lavender, Chairman Andy Nash and President Roy Kerslake.