Lord’s Cricket Ground to Spend $120 Million to Expand Stands

Lord’s cricket ground owner plans to spend about 80 million pounds ($120 million) to expand seating to 30,000 as the biggest part of the redevelopment of the London venue.

The proposal calls for the replacement of the Tavern and Allen Stands with a single structure to add 1,400 seats to accommodate members of the Marylebone Cricket Club. Dressing rooms in the Pavilion will be made larger and the Tavern pub will be rebuilt, according to an e-mailed statement from the MCC.

The MCC is trying to update the grounds -- marketed as the “Home of Cricket” -- after giving up on more expensive plans that called for residential development at the site close to Regents Park in central London.

“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.”

The MCC will give plans to Westminster council this year, and 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. Populous, the architects of the new Warner Stand at Lord’s as well as London’s Olympic Stadium, designed the new structure.

The rest of the development is scheduled for completion between late 2019 and early 2022.

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