Partnership working brings international cricket to Aberdeen
Aberdeen City Council and Cricket Scotland are delighted to announce a new partnership in preparation for the One Day International against England on Friday 09 May.
The exciting developing relationship between the national governing body and Aberdeen City Council will enable both parties to heighten public awareness ahead of the biggest game of cricket in Aberdeen since Don Bradman's Australians visited the Granite City in 1948.
The partnership with the council is vital in supporting both the profile of the England game and the logistics of creating an international cricket stadium from a club facility.
Aberdeenshire Cricket Club, Morningside Road, Mannofield, in Aberdeen, was originally identified as the potential venue due to the quality of the facility, while also recognising the strong cricketing support base in the city and surrounding areas.
With Aberdeen being the home city of Cricket Scotland's major sponsor, The Parkmead Group, together with Aberdeen's burgeoning economy, there is an opportunity to reward the north east's loyal support with this high-profile fixture.
Cricket Scotland's chief executive Roddy Smith commented, "We are delighted that Aberdeen City Council have been so supportive on bringing this major event to the city.
"There is a huge amount of work to be undertaken to transform Mannofield from a club ground to an international stadium, and this would not be achievable without the support from the Council.
"We will also use the showcase of the Scotland v England match to raise the profile of cricket throughout the city, while giving young cricketers the chance to meet international players as part of several festival activities, including a cricket festival on Wednesday 07 May.
"Aberdeen is a hotbed of cricket in Scotland with a rich history of large participation numbers and the production of international players. Scotland's recent success in New Zealand included four born and bred Aberdonians, a great reflection on the Clubs in the city.
"We sincerely hope this is the first of many high profile games to be held in Aberdeen over the coming years."
It will be an excellent opportunity for Scotland's cricketers to claim their maiden One Day International Full Member scalp, on the back of their recent World Cup Qualifying success, at the world's most northerly ODI ground.
The Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam said: "By working with Cricket Scotland we want to help extend the benefits and opportunities offered by playing cricket to communities in Aberdeen and the North-east of Scotland.
"The fact that the match will have a potential worldwide audience will showcase Aberdeen as the ideal location for hosting international sports events which is great for the city, in terms of both business and leisure tourism.
"To coincide with One Day International there will be a cricket festival which will offer taster sessions for local schools which members of the Scotland squad hope to attend.
"I would encourage all ages, particularly young people, to get involved, local citizens and folk from further afield, to come along and enjoy this fantastic opportunity to see international cricket on our very own doorstep."
With less than 252 tickets remaining, the match is heading for a sell-out which will create an exciting and unique atmosphere. You can still purchase your tickets through the Ticket Wolf Website HERE