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"We’ve been sold out all week," venue media manager Vanessa Bellamy said of the 4,500-seat facility. "It’s been good all the way through."

The stately site calls itself the home of cricket. Bellamy believes the tradition-rich site has lured fans.

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"I think Lord’s is a huge, huge draw," she said. "It’s a truly unique place. Normally, you’d have to wear a jacket and tie in here. We’re very privileged to be here."

Stands were very full at women’s gymnastics. The less-expensive top sections were full, of course, and military folks filled up one section of end zone area. To their right was a section of empty seats.

Members of the 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery were rotated into the gymnastics, according to staff Sgt. Marc Robson. Those inside get to watch; those outside work security.

"I was told to let the boys come in and enjoy the show," Robson said. "Look at them — they seem to be liking it just fine."




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