The Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground will be expanded to accommodate 31,000 seats. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of the iconic Lord’s, have received the planning permission from the Westminster City Council for the clubs £ 50 million ($64 million) renovation and expansion plan.
The proposal will not need approval from the club members. The MCC Annual General Meeting is scheduled for May. There seems little hindrance for the formal nod from the members. The May AGM will in all likelihood will give a timely go-ahead for the renovation work, which at the earliest can start after the season’s last major competitive game at the Lord’s on August.
The Lord’s seating capacity will be expanded to 31,000 by converting the Compton and Edrich stands, flacking the new media centre, into three-tier structures.
MCC chief executive and secretary Guy Lavender said: “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.”
WilkinsonEyre, which won the contract during a competition against four other design firms, will design and rebuild the two new stands at the Nursery End of the historic London arena. The stands currently have no additional facilities, while sightlines in the lower tier seating are poor. As well as increasing the overall capacity by close to 2,500, the new builds will also be designed to improve the spectator experience.