Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium, property of the Warwickshire County Cricket Club, is set to be used as a testing centre as UK continues its fight against the coronavirus.
“With our county cricket programme and conference and events business closed until 29 May, our staff have been exploring various options which enable the club to keep supporting our local community during these difficult times, whether that be through making calls to our elderly members and ex-players, volunteering, and by offering Edgbaston Stadium for use in the wider civil contingency effort,” Neil Snowball, Warwickshire’s chief executive officer, said.
“Whilst it is a small part to play in the grand scheme of things, we are pleased that our stadium can be utilised to support the fantastic efforts being made by all of our NHS staff in response to the coronavirus crisis.”
The testing centre will start being operational in a few days. The ground will be used as a drive-though facility, with those requiring to undergo testing to enter through the Edgbaston Road entrance. The tests will be administered while the patients remain seated inside their vehicles. After undergoing the needful, they will exit through Pershore Road.