As the Kennington Oval is about to make history on Thursday when England and South Africa face each other in the third Test, efforts are being made to make the venue plastic free.
The Oval, which is set to become the fourth ground in cricketing history to host 100 Tests after Lord's, Sydney Cricket Ground and Melbourne Cricket Ground, has partnered with Sky Ocean Rescue to create awareness on the damage caused on the oceans by plastics.
During the game that is spanned across five days, only 20,000 limited refillable water bottles will be used across the venue while 20 free water points are being installed to curtail the the amount of single-use plastic consumed.
Also the official broadcaster Sky Sports will include the impact plastic is having on our oceans as a part of their coverage to create awareness among the home viewers about the potential damage caused.
Kia Oval CEO Richard Gould is hoping for the new initiative the right awareness among the public.
“We’re very proud to announce the work we are doing with Sky Ocean Rescue, as part of our aim to make the Kia Oval a plastic free sporting venue," said Gould.
"During the course of the 100th Test, we’re challenging our ticket holders to make simple behavioural changes that will have a dramatic impact on ocean health.
"We hope by raising the issues with cricket fans we can work together to reduce the use of single-use plastics within our grounds.”
Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch is delighted with the partnership involving Kia Oval on a historic occasion.
“The dire health of our oceans is such an important issue, and one that needs to be urgently addressed. At Sky, we want to use our voice and the potential of our reach to inspire people to take action to protect our planet by bringing to life our amazing ocean for millions of people across Europe, and discussing the solutions.
"We’re delighted to be working with the Kia Oval on an issue which sits at the heart of our Sky Ocean Rescue campaign and support them on their journey to becoming a plastic free venue.
"This is also a great opportunity to drive home the issues with sports fans and underline the actions that can easily be undertaken to reduce our impact on the ocean.”