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Lord’s cricket ground to undergo £61.8m redevelopment

Lord’s is set to undergo a major £61.8million revamp at the end of the season.

The famous ground dubbed ‘the home of cricket’ has had plans to add an additional 1,100 seats, taking the total capacity to 32,100.

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Construction is expected to be completed in 2027, with the Allen Stand being demolished and rebuilt with an extra tier.

As well as this, another level will be added to the Tavern Stand to accommodate extra fans.

Lord’s opened in 1814 and is one of the oldest stadiums in the country, but members of Marleybone Cricket Club have voted in favour of the works.

The plans include improvements in catering, hospitality and accessibility on top of the structural construction.

In 2021 a £53m project to improve the Compton and Edrich stands was completed, taking the capacity to 31,000 but there is more work to be done in the capital.

Middlesex County Cricket Club, who have been tenants at Lord’s for 160 years, have recently said they could leave the ground in what would be a huge shock in the world of cricket.

Chief executive Andrew Cornish said: “We have had – and continue to have – conversations with several groups of potential investors.

“London also actually needs another elite cricket facility.

“If you look at the Harlequins model, they play most of their games at the Stoop, but for big games go to Twickenham.

“When Arsenal women go to the Emirates they fill it out, but most of the time they’re not playing there. There’s definitely a model there to be considered.

“Things do become available and there are a couple of potential opportunities now.

“There are a lot of people looking at cricket as an investment opportunity right now. Our global reach is enormous.”

Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.
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