It was reported that the owner of Lord’s Cricket Ground plans to replace the Tavern and Allen Stands with a single new structure to add 5,500 seats making the overall seating capacity to nearly 30,000.
Marylebone Cricket Club, owners of the celebrated ground in north-west London, intends to spend about 80 million pounds for the redevelopment of the ground which is also known as the ‘Home of Cricket’.
MCC’s proposal includes the rebuilding of Tavern pub, expansion of the dressing rooms in the Pavilion and the construction of a ‘more pedestrian-friendly entrance to the ground via the Grace Gates.
The Cricket Club wants to update the Lordsâ€™ after giving up on more expensive plans that called for residential development at the site close to Regents Park in central London.
“The south-western project will ensure facilities for players, match officials, supporters and MCC members are of the highest possible standard by modernizing areas of the ground that have become tired,” MCC Chief Executive Derek Brewer said.
According to Brewer, MCC is committed to maintaining Lord’s as the finest cricket ground in the world, and such project also provides a wonderful new front door to the home of cricket.
Moreover, Populous, the well-known architects of the new Warner Stand at Lordâ€™s as well as Londonâ€™s Olympic Stadium, designed the controversial new structure.
The master plan redevelopment will be completed before the English spring of 2019 just in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup and Ashes series.
MCC is definitely doing a nice move after they have fallen well behind other venues around the globe. Who knows? Maybe the said plan will make the Lord’s the number one cricket ground in the world.
Ambitious, but not impossible.