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Lord’s Cricket Ground to get two new stands

The members of MCC will approve the plans of the project during the club's annual meeting in May 2019.

Lord's cricket ground
Lord’s cricket ground. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Lord’s Cricket Ground in England, popularly knows as the Home of Cricket is one of the best cricketing venues in the world. The iconic ground is located at St John’s Wood, London and has a capacity of almost 28,000. There are seven stands in the stadium and most of them have been rebuilt in the 20th century.

The latest news is that the Lord’s managed by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is all set to have two new stands which will be replacing the existing Compton and Edrich stands. The West Minster Council has provided the permission for the same on Wednesday. The addition of new stands are expected to increase the capacity of the stadium to 31,000. The new stands will have three-tier and the estimated cost is 50 million pounds.

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MCC to begin construction of new stands on August 24

MCC that owns the prestigious stadium, has been granted full planning commission to build two new stands as a replacement of two existing ones. The construction will kick-start on 24th of August this year after the completion of the second Ashes Test match between England and Australia. The cost of building the new three-tier stands is said to be 50 million pounds.

Guy Lavender, the chief of MCC, announced the exciting news on Wednesday. He said that the addition of new stands will add to the glory of what, according to many, is the finest cricket stadium in the world.

“MCC is delighted to receive planning permission for the redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich Stands. We are excited to be commencing another transformational development at Lord’s, and by raising the capacity to 31,000 we will be able to welcome more spectators to enjoy matches at the largest cricket ground in the country, here at the Home of Cricket.

The redevelopment will be an outstanding addition delivering world-class facilities, ensuring that Lord’s remains the finest ground in the world to watch, and play cricket,” he was quoted as saying on India Today.

He further added that the redeveloped stands will also offer facilities such as integrated catering, wheelchair accessible spaces, and lift access to all levels. The new stands and seats will be available for patronage in 2020 and complete set of facilities will be completed by 2021. The members of MCC will approve the plans of the project during the club’s annual meeting in May 2019.

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