A £32 million redevelopment plan for Lancashire’s Old Trafford cricket ground has been given the green light by Trafford Council
Lancashire Cricket Club, which had been told that without ground improvements it would not be considered as a venue for future international Test matches, now intends to start construction work in the autumn.
Before the council gave its backing, it was believed the match between England and Bangladesh this summer would be the last Test at the ground.
The scheme (unveiled last September) features two new grandstands – increasing the day-to-day capacity to 15,000 – as well as space for a further 10,000 temporary seats and includes the construction of a Tesco superstore adjoining the ground.
Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes told his club’s official website www.lccc.co.uk: ‘This is an historic decision for the future of international cricket in the north west. We can now press on with redeveloping the famous Old Trafford cricket ground and securing our place as one of the world’s best cricketing arenas.’
The decision still needs formal approval by the Government Office North West.
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The scheme (unveiled last September) includes two new grandstands – increasing the day-to-day capacity to 15,000 – as well as space for a further 10,000 temporary seats.
The club hopes that the development, if approved by Trafford Council, will ‘significantly boost its prospects’ of bringing the Ashes back to Old Trafford.
In addition to overhauling the existing pavilion, new player and media facilities, floodlights and giant screen, the proposals also included a 10,000m² Tesco store. The development is expected to bring in excess of £70 million investment into Trafford.
‘The club makes a huge contribution to the local and regional economy and is a critical part of the region’s international sporting infrastructure,’ said Jim Cumbes, Lancashire’s chief executive.
‘It’s a time right now of fierce competition for the rights to stage Test Matches, which has seen the ground lose the Ashes this year,’ he said. ‘The significant investment in the new facilities will ensure Old Trafford regains its rightful place on the Test Match circuit in time for the 2013 Ashes Test.’
The first phase of the development is already under way, with a new conference and events suite under construction and due for completion in July 2010.