Counties - Media Guide to the Grounds (2013)
Leicestershire (Leicester and Oakham School) by Paul Jones
Grace Road is sign-posted from Junction 21 of the M1 and junction with the M69. Taxis are in plentiful supply from the railway station. Journey to the ground is about 10 minutes and costs around six or seven quid. There are frequent bus services from the city centre to the Grace Road area. 47, 46, 88 and 85 are the best routes, about 15 minutes to the ground. Buses can be caught from Rutland Street which is located about 400 yards from the train station (Exit station and head for city centre via the underpass. Rutland Street is on the right-hand side just past the Ramada Jarvis Hotel.)
Car parking at the ground is provided free of charge on production of ECB press pass. WARNING: although it is not likely to be a problem for Championship, FPT and Pro40 games, the car park can fill up very quickly for Twenty20 games, so get there early. Additional parking for big games is provided at Aylestone Park opposite the junction of Grace Road and Saffron Lane. Press box is first-class. Good view, comfortable and plenty of room. It can get a bit stuffy on hot days, though an improvement to the air-conditioning has helped. There are numerous power sockets in the box. Wireless internet is being looked into. The scorer is Graham York and there is a direct line from the press box to the scorers. There is constant talk about the press being re-located but, as yet, there is nothing definite to report. Nick Lucy is the press officer at Grace Road and can be contacted on 07920 575621.
Sandwiches are supplied in the press box at lunchtime and there are tea/coffee making facilities. The Cricketers continues to provide a good pint of Everards Tiger for those seeking refreshment. Cafes and sandwich shops are sprinkled round the area. Old Aylestone has a selection of shops and is about 10 minutes walk from the ground (go down Duncan Road to Aylestone Road and turn left). There is also a café on Saffron Lane, (Caff on the Saff) close to the junction at the other end of Duncan Road. There was no food available at The Meet last season, a cause of concern to many members of both the press and the public. This appears set to change this season.
Leicester has the usual selection of hotels in the centre (Holiday Inn, Ibis, Ramada Jarvis). There is also a Holiday Inn (formerly the Post House) on Braunstone Lane East, a mile from Grace Road, and a Holiday Inn Express adjacent to the Walkers Stadium. The Hilton is right next to the M1 as is the new Marriott. Some good smaller establishments can be found on London Road (heading out toOadby), which is the right side of the city for the cricket ground.
There are plenty of good restaurants in the city centre. Take your pick from Indian (quality), Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Greek, Big Mac, Burger King, KFC. Likewise, plenty of bars have sprung up in the last couple of years, notably round Granby Street and Belvoir Street. Cinema entertainment is at either Freemens Common (Odeon) or the Meridian Leisure Park (Vue). Freemens Common is on Aylestone Road towards the city centre and also has a Nandos restaurant and Local Hero pub, which does decent meals.Meridian is on the ring road a couple of miles from the ground (on the south of the city) and not far from junction 21 of M1. There is also a David Lloyd Fitness Centre plus restaurants in the shape of Frankie and Benny’s, Chiquitos, Spices (Indian) and a Hollywood Bowl for 10-pin bowling fans! The county is well served by golf clubs. If staying in or around the centre of town The Leicestershire, Scraptoft Golf Club and Cosby Golf Club have been recommended by a colleague who knows about these things.The county is well served by golf clubs. If staying in or around the centre of town The Leicestershire, Scraptoft Golf Club and Cosby Golf Club have been recommended by a colleague who knows about these things.
Oakham School is just off Oakham town centre, five minutes walk from the train station (excellent pub next to the station, the Grain Store, brews its own ale). Oakham School is just off Oakham town centre, five minutes walk from the train station (excellent pub next to the station, the Grain Store, brews its own ale).
The staff at the school are extremely helpful. Lunch and tea are provided and both are excellent quality. The press box is situated in the gymnasium building and, while not ideal, provides a good view of the action. The scorers are also on hand to answer any queries. The staff at the school are extremely helpful. Lunch and tea are provided and both are excellent quality.The press box is situated in the gymnasium building and, while not ideal, provides a good view of the action. The scorers are also on hand to answer any queries. The pitch is excellent and all in all there are few more attractive venues for cricket than Oakham School.