JM Finn announces sponsorship of Vauxhall End stand at the Kia Oval
The Vauxhall end stand will now be known as the JM Finn Stand until at least the summer of 2025.
In a normal season it will host over 100,000 cricket fans watching sell out Test Matches, One Day Internationals and Surrey matches in the Vitality T20 Blast. The new deal will extend the Club’s association with JM Finn to sixteen years, meaning JM Finn are now Surrey CCC’s longest standing sponsor. Surrey CCC and The Oval Cricket ground are two of the most historic institutions in world sport.
Founded in 1845, the Club has won 20 County Championship titles and been represented by some of the finest English cricketing talents in history including Sir Jack Hobbs, Sir Alec Bedser, Peter May, Alec Stewart and Kevin Pietersen. There are currently thirteen male Surrey players that have represented England in different forms of cricket, as well as three female cricketers.
From the start of the 2021 season, the new deal will also see teams across the Club’s hugely successful County Age Groups programme - the elite youth cricket academy that has recently given birth to new stars like Ollie Pope, Sam and Tom Curran, Rory Burns and Jason Roy - wearing kit branded with the JM Finn logo.
Richard Thompson, Surrey Chairman said: “To sign such a long sponsorship agreement in such uncertain economic times is a huge vindication of the faith JM Finn have placed in Surrey County Cricket Club.“As a Club with 176 years of history, we place huge value in loyalty and partnerships –and so for our longest standing partner to renew and increase their commitment to the Club is hugely appreciated and valued. Everyone at Surrey looks forward to working with the team at JM Finn for the next five years and hopefully long beyond.”
Hugo Bedford, CEO of JM Finn commented: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Surrey with the naming rights to what is one of the finest stands in world cricket. “Our affiliationwith theclub has grown over time and we are very grateful to the team at Surrey who have shown tremendous resilience and drive in a tough environment over recent years. We hope to get some play this summer with cricket fans allowed to return to the fold and wish everyone at Surrey the best of luck for the seasonahead, both on and off the pitch.”
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