A couple of weekends ago, we headed into Birmingham to enjoy a game of cricket. We had been invited to watch Birmingham Bears in the T20 blast against Leicestershire Foxes at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Neither Olly or I, had been to a cricket game before so we had no idea what to expect but Shilts is a big cricket fan so he was really looking forward to introducing us to one of his favourite sports.
The first thing that struck me when we got to Edgbaston was how family friendly it was. Before every T20 blast game held at the stadium, there’s a free kids zone which has a host of activities to keep the children entertained. Olly wanted to try some of the activities and it was a brilliant way to spend half an hour. There were inflatables, games and a chance to try your hand at hitting a cricket ball into the distance. Olly tried it and he loved it.
As we walked into the stadium, we were given a whole host of goodies (available to all ticket holders at the T20 games) including noisy inflatable clappers, a funny yellow wig hat, posters to hold up during the game and a big pointy foam finger from Natwest. It felt extremely family friendly and something that surprised me. I’m not sure what I expected but it was much nicer than I imagined (I’m used to segregated football crowds and this was nothing like that at all.)
To Shilts’ delight he got the opportunity to meet England cricket star Jonathan Trott before the game and even got a glimpse of the T20 Blast Silverware.
We walked around the stadium and chose some seats in the Eric Hollies Stand. All the seats for the T20 games are unreserved so you can pick where you want to watch the game from. You can buy tickets for the Skyline Terrace (apparently the best seats in the house) but we were more than happy to sit and watch the game from our seats.
I’ll be honest, I don’t really understand cricket so cannot give you a run down of how the match went but the game ended with Birmingham Bears losing out by 9 runs to Leicestershire Foxes which was apparently extremely close.
The atmosphere in the stadium was brilliant, with families enjoying themselves, crowds singing from the stands and enjoying a beer or two in the sunshine. We all had a really enjoyable afternoon and Olly would love to go back and watch another game.
If you fancy taking in some cricket action with the family, the last T20 home game at Edgbaston for Birmingham Bears is this Friday at 7pm playing against Worcestershire Rapids. You can find out more here.
Disclosure: With thanks to Edgbaston for our tickets for the game. We bought additional tickets for family and had a brilliant afternoon. I have not been asked to post this review but we had a great afternoon and thought we’d share it with you.