MCC bans fans from bringing alcohol into Lord’s for T20 matches in a bid to stamp out crowd trouble

MCC bans fans from bringing alcohol into Lord’s for T20 matches in a bid to tackle crowd trouble… but members and debenture holders will be allowed to take in one bottle or two cans

The MCC has banned non-members from bringing alcohol into Lord’s for T20 matches in a bid to quell crowd trouble. 

The move follows a similar clampdown at Hundred fixtures last year after unruly fans forced the early closure of the ground’s bars last season.

However, MCC members and debenture holders are exempt from the new rule – but hey will be limited to either a bottle of champagne or wine or two cans of pre-mixed spirits and beer.

Fans in party mood at Lord’s but rowdy scenes marred the Hundred match

The MCC said the move was designed to make the Home of Cricket more appealing to a diverse audience at the shorter forms of the game.

Fans will still be able to take hampers into Test matches.

‘We just wanted to make sure that as many families come to Lord’s as possible, and also as many different backgrounds and ethnicities and cultures as well,’ a spokeswoman told the Telegraph. 

‘It’s really important to us that we are an inclusive ground. We had T20 on Father’s Day on Sunday, and we had loads of children and families at the ground.’

MCC's rules had previously stipulated fans were allowed to bring in 'small quantities of alcohol'

MCC’s rules had previously stipulated fans were allowed to bring in ‘small quantities of alcohol’

Fans were banned from bringing booze into Lord’s for their final two Hundred games last season and bars closed early following crowd trouble.

Rowdy scenes during the game between London Spirit and Trent Rockets led to the ground’s bars being closed half an hour before the end.

Supporters were also limited in how much alcohol they can buy from the Lord’s bars after a spate of bad behaviour.

The stadium halved the number of alcoholic drinks an individual can buy at its own bars from four to two per transaction 

The MCC want to make the Home of Cricket more appealing to a diverse audience

The MCC want to make the Home of Cricket more appealing to a diverse audience

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