Lord’s, as the famous cricket ground is known, is sometimes referred to as ‘The Home of Cricket’. It was named after its founder, Thomas Lord. It is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (the MCC) and is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the European Cricket Council (ECC). It was extensively rebuilt in the late 20th century, and in 1987 the new Mound Stand, designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, was opened. This was followed by the Grand Stand, designed by Nicholas Grimshaw, and the Media Centre. Since then the entire outfield has been re-laid, and the historic pavilion given substantial refurbishment.In 2001, HRM Queen Elizabeth II attended the second Test match between England and Australia at Lord’s. She even presented a fruit cake to the team during the tea interval, in line with the English tradition of serving cake during tea breaks at cricket matches.
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