The Guardian – Rod Bransgrove remains undeterred in his dream of watching an Ashes Test at his beloved Ageas Bowl, with the Hampshire chairman hoping that new mobile technology will help see it realised one day even though he will be “well into his dotage”.

Summary

  • Rod Bransgrove remains undeterred in his dream of watching an Ashes Test at his beloved Ageas Bowl, with the Hampshire chairman hoping that new mobile technology will help see it realised one day even though he will be “well into his dotage”.
  • Bransgrove has poured millions of his personal fortune into the Southampton ground since saving it from insolvency 18 years ago but was once again disappointed when the England and Wales Cricket Board announced its venues for the 2023 Test series against Australia.
  • “I don’t intend to give up,” said Bransgrove, who will be 77 by the time the 2027 Ashes come around.
  • Bransgrove, whose ground will host its third Test match when India tour this summer, refuses to accept that taking Tests to new regions has failed, however, and now plans to push the 20,000-capacity Ageas Bowl to the next level in terms of customer experience.
  • New big screens will be in place this summer and a mobile app is being developed for spectators that will give them the ability to request replays, as well as acting as their ticket, providing an interactive map for the ground and a facility to place orders for refreshments.


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