The Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester is all set to get a new stand, which will increase its seating capacity to 26,700. The 4,850-seater stand will replace the Red Rose Suite at the ground which hosted the most number of matches during this year's ICC Cricket World Cup. The new stand at Lancashire will include facilities for members, a heritage center, ticket office and a retail shop which will face directly towards the Brian Statham end.
Speaking to a leading British publication, Lancashire chairman David Hodgkiss said that Old Trafford would be one of the largest cricket stadiums in the country once the revamp is complete. He also said that alongside the new stand, which includes a pitch-view suite, the club also plans to extend the Hilton Garden Inn hotel, which opened two years ago.
NEWS: There's going to be further development @EmiratesOT in the next couple of years with a new 4,850-seater stand, which will also include a pitch-view suite.— Emirates Old Trafford (@EmiratesOT) October 18, 2019
Also included in the plans is an extension of the existing @HGIManchester hotel. 👌
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Apart from raising the seating capacity, the Old Trafford Council has also plans to build new homes, offices and a leisure center nearby and changes to cycle and pedestrian routes. They also include a public square and a 'processional route' between the cricket ground and Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium. The council said that the Civic Quarter Masterplan covers a 120-acre site taking in the Town Hall, Lancashire Cricket Club, the former Kellogg’s site including the University Academy 92 (UA 92) campus, stretching up to the A56/Chester Road and White City retail park.
During the recent ICC Cricket World Cup in England, the Old Trafford ground hosted six World Cup games including the India vs Pakistan match, which attracted 700,000 ticket requests and a huge global TV audience.