LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Marylebone Cricket Club announced plans for a major upgrade of their stadium at Lord’s Cricket Ground as a part of a plan to redevelop the facility with new spectator stands.
The new three-tier stands will raise the stadium’s capacity to 11,500, an increase of 2,500 seats. The new stands will be located at the Nursery End of the Ground, and are due to be redeveloped between 2019 and 2021.
The refurb will also see improvements to the stadium’s guest amenities, with new catering and WC facilities, wheelchair-accessible spaces and lift access at all levels.
The new additions to the Ground will have new seating and restaurants in the middle tier and, including ensuring that 3% of all seating will be accessible to fans with wheelchair users or those with restricted mobility.
As well, a new roof will provide shelter for fans on the top tier of the new stands.
The proposals form the next part of the phased Masterplan for Lord’s. Last year, The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the new £25 million Warner Stand, the first stand to be rebuilt at Lord’s since the Grand Stand was completed in 1997.
“MCC is committed to ensuring Lord’s remains the best place in the world at which to watch and play cricket. These new stands will transform the Nursery End, providing world-class facilities, opening up views both to the Pavilion and back towards the Nursery Ground, and adding another architectural enhancement to Lord’s,” said MCC Chief Executive & Secretary Guy Lavender.
An application for the new plans will be submitted later this year to Westminster City Council after a period of public comment. If approved, members of the MCC will be asked to approve the plans and work to demolish the current stadium stands will begin after next year’s Test Match against Australia.