By Ed Watson
Headingley will be buzzing this weekend as the England cricket team take on New Zealand.
Forty thousand fans are expected to attend over the five scheduled days – starting on Friday – as England look to take a 2-0 series victory over the Black Caps.
Local businesses are expecting a boost in takings due to the additional numbers passing through Headingley.
Danny Reuben, spokesman from Yorkshire CCC, said: “These events are a great help for the local businesses.
“People are keen to use the bars and restaurants in the area and it can be a great investment for them.”
Headingley is hosting its 72nd England test match and Mr Reuben believes this will only keep the ground’s profile up for future test matches.
He said: “These test matches put Headingley on the map.
“The ground has a huge sporting history and it’s games like this – that are huge in cricket terms – that have made that.
“We’ve sold out some sections of the ground already for day two so it should be a good weekend.”
The test match will also be a special day for Yorkshire players – Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root – who will be playing at Headingley for the first time in England shirts.
The pair were the top two scorers in the first innings of the test match at Lord’s last weekend – and Root hit a top score of 71 in the second innings.
Mr Reuben said: “I’ve spoken to both players leading up to the match and they’re both very excited to be playing at Headingley.”