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Everything you need to know

Play starts 11am. Gates open 9am.

We’re delighted to be welcoming fans back to Edgbaston for the LV= Insurance Test Match between England and New Zealand, from Thursday 10 June.

There are two items you need for entry:

  1. A negative Lateral Flow Test result
  2. Your ticket, either via the app or print-at-home

All attendees must fill in the consent form before attending, but you do not need to show this for entry.

Full information will be available in this guide, so please read carefully. This fixture is part of the government’s Events Research Programme.

Click here to read our Spectator Code of Conduct.

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Testing

All spectators MUST show a negative COVID-19 Rapid Lateral Flow Test on entry (via email or SMS).

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Consent

All spectators MUST give consent via the online form to attend and take part in the Events Research Programme.

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Tickets

Tickets will be available via the Edgbaston app, which is the quickest and easiest way to view and share tickets.

Before your visit

If you are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay at home and not attend.

Consent Form

All attendees MUST complete the mandatory online consent form. This is a requirement for all attendees.

You must share the form with all your guests and complete it as soon as possible. The consent form is available online here.

Lateral Flow Test

All attendees MUST show a negative Lateral Flow Test result on entry, completed within 24 hours of attending.

A home test kit can be ordered via the gov.uk website. If you’re attending multiple days, you must take a test before each day.

For instructions on how to take the test and upload your result, click here.

Before your visit

Make sure you pack your face covering, this must be worn when moving around the stadium.

Tickets

Tickets will be available to view and share with guests via the Edgbaston app, simply search for ‘Edgbaston’ in your app store.

Tickets can be shared with all guests in your booking via the app. We ask you share these as soon as possible and make sure your guests log-in using the same email address they provided on the consent form.

For more information about the Edgbaston app and ticketing, click here.

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Face Covering

You must wear a face covering when moving around the stadium. You may take it off when in your seat.

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Sanitiser Stations

Wash your hands and use the sanitiser stations located around the stadium for use throughout the day.

When you arrive

You must wear a face covering when moving outside and around the stadium.

Social distancing

You must do all you can to observe social distancing while outside and queueing to enter Edgbaston.

Once inside Edgbaston, social distancing is not required.

Entrance gates

Please enter via the gate displayed on your match ticket.

Spectators are welcome to bring food and drink into the stadium, excluding any alcohol, cans or glass bottles.

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Cashless Stadium

Edgbaston is a cashless stadium. Please bring a payment card, we’re unable to accept cash payments.

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Stay In Stadium

Spectators are asked to stay in the stadium throughout the day and during breaks in play.

During your visit

When moving around, please wear a face covering. Food and drinks will be available at locations around the stadium.

Click & Collect Ordering

Spectators can order food and drink from their seat using the Edgbaston app from selected bars. Full details will be available via the app.

Contactless payment

We’ve installed protective screens and have payment technology to allow for contactless purchases at our bars and retail outlets. We are unable to accept cash payments.

Stay in the stadium

Spectators are asked to stay within the stadium grounds throughout the day and during breaks in play. Please do not use the local shops, everything you need will be in the stadium.

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Click & Collect

Spectators can order food and drink from their seat using the Edgbaston app from selected bars.

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Exit

Please exit the stadium through the designated gates, which will be clearly signposted.

When you are leaving

Follow directions

When you are leaving the stadium, please follow staff directions. You will be asked to exit via specific exit points.

Post-event testing

To aid the research, you will be asked to take a PCR test five days after attending. Your PCR kit will be sent to you by post to the postal address provided in your consent form.

FAQs: What you need to know

What is the Events Research Programme (ERP)?

The government’s publication of 22 February, ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’, describes plans to explore when and how events with larger crowd sizes, less social distancing, or in settings where transmission is more likely, will be able to return safely.

The government’s Events Research Programme will oversee this work, bringing findings from across different settings and different sectors to determine a consistent approach to lifting restrictions on events to inform Step 4 of the roadmap from 21 June.

The Events Research Programme will use pilot events incorporating research studies in April, May and June 2021 to build evidence on the risks associated with coronavirus transmission, the characteristics of events and surrounding activities, and the extent to which mitigation measures can effectively address these risks. The evidence from these studies will be used to inform the government’s decision around Step 4 of the roadmap and will shape government policy to bring about the phased return of fuller audiences to venues and events up and down England.

The pilot events will examine a range of factors, including but not limited to: indoor and outdoor settings; small and large venues; seated and standing events; different forms of audience participation; transport to and from events; duration; and ventilation.

How is this match exempt from current COVID-19 restrictions?

The Secretary of State has the power to designate an event as being permitted for research purposes and therefore not subject to the legal restrictions which would apply to other events under Step 3 of the government’s roadmap. The LV= Insurance Test Match between England and New Zealand, being held at Edgbaston Stadium, is going ahead as a Pilot Event as part of the Events Research Programme.

All attendees at Edgbaston are required to complete a Consent Form which confirms their agreement to the terms and conditions of the event and their participation in the Events Research Programme.

Can under-16s attend this fixture?

Unfortunately, as an Events Research Programme fixture, under-16s are not allowed to attend.

We are sorry about this but it is not something we can control. If you have a booking with an under 16 ticket, you have three refund options which are available online here.

The deadline to select a refund option is 5pm on Friday 28 May. After this date, all remaining orders which include an under 16 ticket will be cancelled.

What are the testing requirements?

By attending the fixture, you consent to taking part in COVID-19 testing, as part of the ERP and this takes the form of two testing methods.

Firstly, all spectators must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Test on entry (via email or SMS). Please order your home test kit via the gov.uk website. The negative test must be conducted within 24 hours of the day you are attending.

Failure to provide a negative NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Test result will mean entry to the venue is refused.

Secondly, to aid the research, you are also requested to undertake a PCR at home test as close as possible to the event day and again five days after attendance at the event. Using the home address information provided in the Consent Form all for attendees, you will be sent a home testing kit directly which will contain two PCR tests.

The PCR test is not mandatory for entry, but helps support the ERP research.

Full details about the PCR test will be sent to you in the post.

Will social distancing be in place for the Test Match?

You will be asked to maintain social distancing while queueing to enter Edgbaston.

Once you are inside Edgbaston’s grounds, social distancing is no longer required – except for in hospitality areas.

Will I need to wear a face covering?

Spectators will be asked to ensure that face coverings are worn at all times at Edgbaston unless when you are in your seat or consuming food and drink.

Will spectators require any form of testing and COVID verification in order to enter the venue?

Entry to Edgbaston on each day of the LV= Insurance Test Match will be dependent on providing evidence of a negative NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Test result (via email or SMS), and the test must be taken no more than 24 hours before the day you are attending.

 

How do participants prove they have had a Lateral Flow test?

Once completing a NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours before the day you are attending, all spectators must log their negative result via the gov.uk website.

You will then receive a text or email from NHS Test & Trace which you will need to present to the stewards at Edgbaston prior to entry.

Will spectators have to pay for testing?

No. All testing is free in relation to the Events Research Programme.

NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Tests are free to order online via the gov.uk website.

If I’m feeling unwell, can I still attend this match?

No. If you are unwell, you must stay at home.

You are responsible for your own health. You should act in ways that protect your health and the health of others and avoid acting in a way that might risk the health of others at the stadium.

All spectators will be asked to agree to a Health Declaration before attending this match. This must be completed before entering the stadium and can be completed at edgbaston.com/declaration.

You should not attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Temperature of 37.8 degrees or above
  • New continuous cough
  • Loss of sense of taste/smell
  • Any other COVID-19 symptoms officially recognised

Click here to read our full Spectator Code of Conduct.

 

What are the requirements for PCR testing at home?

To aid the research, spectators are also requested to undertake a PCR at home test as close as possible to their attendance at the event and again five days after attendance.

Using the home address information provided when you completed your consent form, you will be sent a home testing kit directly which will contain 2 PCR tests. Entry to Edgbaston is not dependent on a PCR test being taken. The PCR test will be used for the research programme to better inform future testing regimes and is a voluntary step.

Full ‘COVID-19 Home Test Instructions’ are contained within the pack that comes with the PCR test. However, further information regarding this, including useful videos, can be found by using this link.

Do I still need to get tested if I have had one or two doses of the vaccine?

Yes. Testing is a requirement of attending this event and you should follow the protocol outlined regardless of whether you have received the vaccine or not.

Will food and drink be available to purchase on the day?

Yes, food and drink, including alcoholic beverages, will be available from outlets located around the stadium for spectators providing a wide variety of options.

Spectators can order food and drink for Click & Collect from their seat using the Edgbaston app, available from selected bars. To order, simply download the Edgbaston app on iOS or Android and visit the Shop section.

Spectators are allowed and encouraged to bring their own Food & Drink into the stadium, but no alcohol, cans or glass vessels. Everyone in attendance is asked to stay within the stadium grounds during the breaks in play.