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England v South Africa: What's changed since their last visit?

England v South Africa: What's changed since their last visit?

England v South Africa: What's changed since their last visit?

This year, South Africa will end their nineteen-year wait to face England at Emirates Old Trafford in Test cricket when they go head-to-head in the Fourth Investec Test Match from Friday 4 – Tuesday 8 August.

Since the last Test Match between England and South Africa in 1998, our iconic stadium has undergone a striking transformation to become one of the leading venues in world cricket. The development of The Point, Pavilion, AJ Bell Players and Media Centre and new Hilton Garden Inn hotel has made Emirates Old Trafford the go-to destination for the summer with tickets selling incredibly fast for this fixture.

Find out what has changed at our world famous venue since the last time South Africa played Test cricket out on our sacred turf.

The Point

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Opened in 2010, The Point is one of our most iconic facilities.

Spacious, full of light, with versatile and modern features, not to mention breath taking pitch views, The Point is our flagship conference and events venue, which on an International match day is transformed into the perfect entertaining space for a day at the cricket.

With a match day capacity for up to 1,000 guests, The Point offers a unique day out for you and your clients, where you can watch the action unfold from the elevated pitch-facing balcony, as well as get access to private bar facilities, exquisite dining and a great atmosphere.

Find out more about Three Lions and Captains Club hospitality within The Point.

The Wicket

In 2010 the wicket was repositioned from an east-west axis to a north-south axis to ensure that the sun will not impact the batsmen vision.

In previous years the setting sun in early autumn became problematic for batsmen who were in direct eye line of the sun’s glare. However since the change, play has been able to continue well into the evening and also gives Members’ within the Pavilion incredible views behind the bowler’s arm.

Most importantly of all, the repositioning of the wicket now guarantees maximum sunshine for guests; whether you’re located on the balcony of The Point, The Pavilion or the new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, guests can soak up the sun well into the evening with hospitality at Emirates Old Trafford.


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The Pavilion is the epicentre of any cricket ground, and at Emirates Old Trafford ours pays particular homage to the history of Lancashire County Cricket Club whilst offering high end facilities that reflect the modern splendour of our world-famous international cricket ground.

Re-opened in 2012, following its multi-million pound transformation, the Pavilion offers a relaxed and intimate space to enjoy the action from one of our stunning hospitality suites. With all suites boasting unrivalled views from behind the bowler’s arm, the Pavilion gives you a stunning perspective on the art of bowling and batting, whilst the suites offer a private space to entertain your clients or guests. All Pavilion packages offer à la carte dining, fine wine, luxury balcony seats – as well as an appearance from an International cricketing legend.

Find out more about our Legends Lounge, The Boardroom and Private Boxes in the Pavilion.

AJ Bell Players and Media Centre

Opened in 2012, the AJ Bell Players and Media Centre is our match day facility complete with players’ changing facilities, recovery pool, gym, press gallery, rooftop balcony, as well as broadcast studios – covering the action in countries all over the world.

Hilton Garden Inn, Emirates Old Trafford Manchester

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Opening this summer, the new Hilton Garden Inn is the crowning jewel of Emirates Old Trafford’s multi-million pound redevelopment which has seen the transformation of the ground into a leading sports and entertainment venue.

The 150-bedroom, four star Hilton Garden Inn hotel offers ideal accommodation for both business and leisure customers in Manchester, and the hotel transforms itself into a host’s dream on an international match day.

Experience hospitality like no other as just 12 bedrooms transform into premium and private boxes for 10 guests, the Hilton Garden Inn Emirates old Trafford Manchester offers a totally unique match day experience. As you and your clients soak up the sun from your own pitch facing terrace, you will be waited on by your own private Hostess to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.

Find out more about our Executive Hotel Boxes in the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel.

Secure your hospitality package this summer

Don’t miss out on the biggest fixtures of the summer and enquire now for premium hospitality to watch England take on South Africa or the West Indies with family, friends, or business clients.









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