Lord's begin preparations for final Test
MCC chief executive Derek Brewer has declared the Olympic archery tournament at
Lord's a success and is now turning his attention to readying the home of
cricket for the third Investec Test between England and South Africa.
The historic venue has been in the hands of LOCOG for the duration of the
Games, with two temporary grandstands erected on the pitch to bring spectators
closer to the action and a number of cosmetic changes, including the imprint of
the famous Olympic rings on the ground's media centre.
But with the tournament now complete, MCC will turn its attention to hosting Test cricket once again.
“The club has been immensely honoured to have been involved in the biggest sporting event in the world,” said Brewer.
“LOCOG has done a fantastic job in transforming Lord’s into the home of archery, and will help MCC in the next phase to convert it back to a cricket ground.
“We have a very comprehensive plan running over the course of the next 13 days. This has been drawn up by LOCOG and MCC, and the excellent teamwork demonstrated by the two organisations will ensure that Lord’s is restored for the staging of the South Africa Test.
“MCC would like to thank LOCOG wholeheartedly for delivering an excellent archery competition at Lord’s, and to congratulate all the successful archers.
“It has been a great privilege for the club’s staff to have been associated with the London Olympics, and we have been delighted to showcase this historic ground to the world as part of the Games."