St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The Grounds St George's Park - St George's "Long Room" planned for sponsors' club.
St George's "Long Room" planned for sponsors' club.
Johann Nel

An exciting new "long room" facility, which includes a service bar and seating for 600 spectators, is planned for the St George's Park cricket ground.

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The seating in the Long Room.
The long room will be used for members of the sponsors' club to be formed soon.

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The seating in the Long Room.
According to Mr Colin Rushmere, president of the Eastern Province Cricket Union, the facility will not comprise separate guest boxes similar to the facilities at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, but will be a "member's enclosure" with 600 seats for the EP Members Club where catering and other facilities will be provided.

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The Long Room Bar.
"Our appeal to Port Elizabeth businesses to make a contribution to cover the cost of the facility, and hope to have between 250 and 300 members in various categories," he said.

Mr Rushmere said that over the past three years Eastern Province cricket had been fortunate to be sponsored by half a dozen companies who had contributed generously to the welfare of cricket in the province.

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The serving area in the Long Room.
"It is unfair, however, to ecpect these companies to carry the burden indefinitely, and we realised the need for a sponsor club, similar to those in English counties," he said.

He added that once the club was established it would provide a painless way of spreading the sponsorship.

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General view of the Long Room
The go-ahead had already been given to the architects and construction was to commence early in July, with completion by November 1 planned.

The new facility will be housed above the president's room and existing bar in the grandstand.

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The Long Room as seen from the field.
Mr Derek Neubert, chairman of the PE Crusaders Sports Club, the controlling body of the grounds and facilities at St George's Park, said the new development was exciting and something which the grounds had lacked for quite some time.

Eastern Province Herald.
May 21, 1985.

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