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Counties - Media Guide to the Grounds (2013)

 

Worcestershire by John Curtis

 

Email John on: john.curtis@pa.press.net

 

Worcester

 

Directions

 

New Road is located just over the bridge from the city centre.
 

Facilities

 

Car parking - though there are no designated spaces at New Road for the media, you will have no problem parking for championship games. For some limited-overs games it is best to arrive early. The Press box, in terms of viewing, leaves a lot to be desired.
 

There are only six to seven places for the written media in the box which have an unobstructed view. The broadcasting media are better
off with a designated BBC box inside the confines of the press box for BBC national radio and another one for BBC local radio with
unobstructed views. There are plans for a new press box when the ground is redeveloped and an adjacent Premier Travel Inn Hotel.

 

Helpfulness - Chief Executive David Leatherdale will always take your calls. A good club to deal with, but let down by the poor
view from the press box.

 

The new Graeme Hick pavilion is spacious and offers excellent views of the ground and Cathedral and new conference facilities
are planned from September.

 

Refreshments

 

The club do try to look after you. Lunch is provided (fill in a menu before noon) while there is a free drinks machine in the box
and fruit and biscuits are provided every day.

 

A visit to the Ladies Pavilion for afternoon tea and cake is a must and not to be missed - only one day in four, otherwise you will
have to jog round the ground the next couple of days!

 

Accommodation

 

Try the The Diglis Hotel on the river or the Hilton at Puckrup Hall also has a good golf course on site near M50. Work on a £7.5 million 120 room hotel at the ground will begin in September.

 

Leisure/Restaurants

 

Brown's Restaurant by the Bridge is a must if your Ex's allow. The Cheese Board is to die for. Worcester Rugby Club Bar is good too.