On The Day
Gate Opening Times
Gate Opening Hours:
- 1 hours before play commences in the 2022 LV= Insurance County Championship
- 1 hour before play commences in the Royal London Cup
- 2 hours before week day Vitality Blast matches
- 2 hours and 45 minutes before weekend Vitality Blast matches
Hours of Play: 2022 LV= Insurance County Championship
- Start – 11.00am
- Lunch – 1.00pm – 1.40pm
- Tea – 3.40pm – 4.00pm
- Close – 6.00pm
Matches which begin in September will start 30 minutes earlier with all of the above timings brought forward. On each of the first three days there is provision for playing time to be extended by the amount of time lost in that day up to a maximum of 30 minutes.
Hours of Play: Royal London Cup
- Start – 11:00am
- Interval – 2:30pm – 3:00pm
- Second session – 3:00pm – 6:45pm
Hours of Play: Vitality Blast
|Day Matches||Floodlit Matches||Weekend Matches|
|Start: 5:30pm*||Start: 6:30pm||Start: 2:30pm|
|Interval: 6:45pm – 7:00pm||Interval: 7:45pm – 8:00pm||Interval: 3:45pm – 4:00pm|
|Second session: 7:00pm – 8:15pm||Second Session: 8:00pm – 9:15pm||Second Session: 4:00pm – 5:15pm|
*Please note this is a generic timings table. For individual match timings, please see our fixture list.
Getting into the Ground
- Ticket Collections will go on the St James Street gates. This is marked ’19’ on the ground map.
- On the day (for matches that aren’t sold out) will be available from the St James Street Gates (18).
View the Ground Map.
For Somerset home Vitality Blast matches, we are encouraging entrance and exit via the gates closest to where your seat is located. Information on this location will be given to you prior to the match.
In the interest of safety, Somerset County Cricket Club reserves the right to check and search all bags on entry to the Cooper Associates County Ground. Items which are prohibited or seen as being dangerous to players or supporters will be confiscated and returned the owner at close of play. Bags must not be left unattended and we also reserve the right to perform on the spot checks on bags once you are in the Ground.
- On LV= Insurance County Championship match days a small amount of alcohol is permitted into the Cooper Associates County Ground. This equates to half a bottle of wine or 4 cans per person.
- On Royal London Cup matches and Vitality Blast matches, alcohol will not be permitted into the Ground under any circumstances and a search for such items will take place on the entry to the Cooper Associates County Ground. Any alcohol brought into the Ground will be confiscated and destroyed.
Are dogs allowed?
Dogs are not permitted in the ground for Vitality Blast or Royal London Cup matches.
Well behaved dogs which are kept on leads may be brought into the public stands at the Cooper Associates County Ground for County Championship fixtures only
Owners must accept full responsibility for looking after their dog(s) and dog fouling is prohibited. Only Guide/ Working Dogs are permitted into buildings or kiosks where food is served.
Can I bring my camera?
Yes, we are happy for you to bring cameras into the ground as long as you do not use the photographs for commercial gain.
If you do wish to use the photos commercially, you will require an official ECB or Somerset CCC Press Pass. Please contact Spencer Bishop on 01823 425301 for more details.
Membership Cards & Tickets
You will be required to present a valid match day Ticket or Membership card to gain entry to the Ground.
Confirmation emails will not be sufficient.
No Ticket = No Entry
Please also bring the correct documentation with you on EVERY visit to the ground, such as student ID cards.
The Cooper Associates County Ground is fully accessible with disabled seating areas and facilities as well as lifts to additional floors in buildings.
For further information, please visit our accessibility page. If you require further advise, please do contact our office on 01823 425301.
Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to confirm that Gimblett’s Hill is set to be remodelled in order to improve accessibility on matchdays, while retaining the history and character of one of the most popular parts of the Copper Associates County Ground.
The work is scheduled to be completed in June 2022.
Please click here to view full Ground Regulations for the Cooper Associates County Ground
Please also see the below from the England and Wales Cricket Board regarding image rights whilst attending matches at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
You acknowledge that this venue and those attending may be filmed and/or photographed (creating ‘Audio Visual Materials’). By using this ticket, you expressly agree that the ECB, its sponsors and partners, other cricket and media organisations may use the Audio Visual Materials (in whole or in part and which may include images or audio recordings of you) for any purpose including marketing, promotions or commercial purposes in any media and format anywhere in the world without payment to you and the need to get permission from you or others. Your rights under the Data Protection Act 2018 are not affected. Further information is available at www.ecb.co.uk/privacy.
I'm In, Now What?
For Vitality Blast matches, please note there is no re-entry once admitted into the venue.
The CACG is a cashless venue
Somerset County Cricket Club are reminding Members and supporters that the Cooper Associates County Ground is now a cashless venue.
There are several reasons why this decision has been taken:
Quicker payments result in reduced queues which means that you see more of the action. This equates to a better matchday experience for everyone in the ground.
Contactless payments can be completed in two seconds compared to the 15 seconds required for a cash transaction and eight seconds for a chip and pin transaction.
The time saved with card payments means our staff can be better focused on the speed of service and the needs of our customers. This should further enhance the matchday experience.
Reducing theft and fraud
Tap-to-pay technology is more reliable and secure than other forms of payment. The chip technology protects you against any fraudulent purchases through encryption and dynamic data technologies and means our Members and supporters can feel safe when attending a match at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
The Decline of Cash Payments
Across the country there has been a rapid decline in the use of cash over the last few years and this has been heightened with the global pandemic. It is forecast that cash will be used in fewer than 9% of payment transactions by 2028.
We are certain that the introduction of cashless payment will see improvements in respect of reduced queuing times and improving customer service on busy matchdays.
All major contactless credit and debit cards will be accepted as well as mobile, Apple Pay and Google Pay.
The Club operates the following Members’ Areas for Championship and 50 over matches. These are only available to Somerset CCC Members with a valid card:
- The River Stand
- The Lord Ian Botham Stand
- Colin Atkinson Pavilion
- Marcus Trescothick Pavilion Elevated
Please note that for Vitality Blast matches, each seat in the ground will be sold on a first come first serve basis to both Members and Non Members
Places to Sit
On LV= Insurance County Championship and Royal London Cup matches, the ground is sold under general admission. This means you can sit in any of the non-Member areas and move throughout the day if you wish.
On Vitality Blast matches, the ground is sold with just allocated seating so please check your ticket for further information. We ask if you could please use your allocated seat on the match day.
Places to Eat or Drink
We will have a variety of food outlets open during the match day and can cater for special dietary requirements – just ask a member of our team for more details.
We also have a fully operational fan village in place for all home Vitality Blast and Royal London Cup matches. The fan village features live music, an array of different food and drink options. It is a great place to explore before the actions starts on the pitch!
If you would like a sit down meal, please visit our new online portal to book a famous match day carvery or a variety of catered meal offerings at the Cooper Associates County Ground. Simply click below and then “View packages”.
Booking in advance in advised and can be done by calling the commercial team on 01823 425301.
Alternatively, if you would prefer a quick snack you can eat at your seat, we will have a variety of food and drink concessions situated around the concourse.
Go Greener - Plastic Cups
Somerset County Cricket Club will be using re-usable cups this Summer.
For a £1 deposit, you will receive a branded Somerset Cup which you can either keep or return at the end of the day to receive your deposit back.
The Somerset Cricket Museum is on site and open to all visitors free of charge on match days.
The museum displays cricket memorabilia about the history of both Somerset Cricket and cricketing in general. It also holds the archives of Somerset County Cricket Club which can be made available to researchers or other interested visitors.
Somerset County Sports will be open throughout the match and is located near the Somerset Cricket Museum. You can visit their website here to check out a wide range of cricket equipment and replica kit.
All the main pavilions and stands are equipped with toilets with dedicated facilities for the disabled along with baby changing facilities.
Please note the toilets are cleaned and checked throughout the match days with a male janitor on site.
Scorecards will be available to purchase from various points around the Cooper Associates County Ground:
- Brian Rose Gates
- Marcus Trescothick Pavilion
- Somerset County Sports
- Outside the Andrew Caddick Pavilion
These cost £1 per match day.
Please note; scorecards are printed in advance and whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the teams, there is likely to be some changes.
For Royal London Cup matches and Vitality Blast matches, free giveaways will be available for you to collect from the gazebo near the Ondaatje Pavilion:
- Somerset Flags
- 4 & 6 signs
- Clap banners
- Information on the match
Stewards & Safety
A team of Supervisors and Stewards will be on hand throughout the day to both ensure your safety and assist with any enquiries you may have.
Please ensure you listen to the PA announcements and watch the ball at all times.
If you need help during the match day and do not wish to draw attention to yourselves or a potential issue, please text SCCC Steward followed by your message to 66777. This service is anonymous and help will be dispatched to your area.
If you would like to visit the Club reception for any general enquiries, this will be located at the ground floor of the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion. Entrance will be via the right hand doors as you look from the car park.
Somerset County Cricket Club boasts 2 LED big screens situated around the Cooper Associates County Ground. These screens are predominantly used for showing the current match score, but also to provide a wealth of information about activities happening at the ground and a visual experience to help enhance the matchday experience.
Keep your eyes peeled on the screens during the game for cricket replays, crowd camera, fan messages, competitions, fun videos and important information.
During every Somerset County Cricket Club home match, a public address announcer will be on hand to provide information over the speakers situated around the Cooper Associates County Ground.
This will include important statistical updates of the cricket match, playing regulations, news of upcoming Somerset events and scores from other matches.
During Vitality Blast matches the PA announcer will conduct interviews and introduce the teams whilst being broadcast on the big screen.
Don't forget to stay Social!
Whilst the game is being played, get the most out of your experience by joining in the conversation on our Twitter page.
From instant video replays to live polls and in-play competitions, following us on Twitter is a great way to enhance your viewing of the match. Have a question to ask? No problem, simply send us a tweet and we’ll get back to you without ever needing to leave your seat.
Please note that you don’t necessarily need a Twitter account to view our page, although you will need to sign up in order to ask questions and enter competitions.
Oh dear! No play!
If the cricket match is affected by the weather, head to our Match Centre or Twitter page to view all the latest updates and the prospects of play. Please note that whilst we will do our best to help spectators who are travelling to the match, it will be the Umpires decision as to the state of play and not the Club.
If it has been deemed that a match has to be completely abandoned, please see the Club’s refund and exchange policy.
Rules of Cricket
Coming to watch the Vitality Blast for the first time? Check out the video below for the basic rules of Twenty20 cricket!