It was my first time to Edgbaston too. I'm hoping some of our feedback may be useful for future years- if people read our reviews. I thought that the redeveloped ground is a major improvement on the old ground. Unfortunately, I sensed a somewhat exploitative undertone to events. Whereas the Rose Bowl had laid on buses from the station, Edgbaston charged for them and the price was too much. There were no scorecards (not the same as 'programmes') available, which is something I have obtained at most other grounds. Except for one excellent Indian stall where I had an excellent and reasonably priced curry (twice), all other outlets were too expensive. There was no information about whether people could go out of the ground in the interval. Although I am an avid cricket supporter, the atmosphere at games is not what it used to be before the invasion of 'football' stewards with no appreciation of the game. I remember with fondness the good old days when children could practice on the outfield and people could decide for themselves when it was appropriate to enter stands or what to bring into the ground. I hope, rather forlornly, that some grounds will take a stand and try to restore the spirit of cricket. The heavy-handed behaviour of stewards unfortunately detracted from my experience of the finals day. The cricket itself was excellent and groundstaff did well to get the final restarted relatively soon after the rain. At one point, I was expecting to have to come back on the reserve day. I will be back next year- hoping but not really believing that the logistics will be better.
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