Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), owners of the Lord’s Cricket Ground, has unveiled the latest phase of the redevelopment of north-west London’s celebrated ground.
They are planning to replace the “tired” Allen and Tavern stands in the south-west corner, intending to build a single new structure in their place with more than 5,500 seats – taking the overall capacity to nearly 30,000.
The budget for the expansion? Approximately 80 million pounds ($120 million).
In addition to the seating expansion, dressing rooms in the Pavilion will also be made larger and the Tavern pub Â as well as a “more pedestrian-friendly entrance to the ground” via the Grace GatesÂ will be rebuilt.
“We are operating in a really competitive environment,” MCC Chief Executive Officer Derek Brewer said in a video statement. “We’ve fallen well behind other venues, not just in this country but right around the world.”
Furthermore, Brewer said that the project will provide a wonderful new front door to the home of cricket as MCC is committed to maintaining Lord’s as the finest cricket ground in the world.
If approved by the officials, MCC is aiming to complete construction of the new stand between late 2017 and early 2019 in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup and Ashes series in 2019, with the rest of the development being scheduled for completion between late 2019 and early 2022.