£50 million upgrade for Headingley cricket ground
The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has today unveiled £50 million plans to transform Headingley Cricket Ground.
The Headingley masterplan will see Yorkshire County Cricket Club work in partnership with Leeds Rugby, Leeds City Council and DLA Architecture, to prepare for the phased redevelopment of the ground over the next 20 years.
The scheme includes the installation of floodlights and the rebuilding of the North/South Stand, adjoining the rugby ground, which will become the centrepiece of the project. The capacity of the cricket ground will increase from 17,000 to 20,000 in the redevelopment.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club chairman, Colin Graves, said: “This is the most ambitious project the Club and the venue will have undertaken since the ground was first established 125 years ago.
“Our ambitions are clear. We want to create a stadium that is amongst finest in the world and enable Yorkshire to continue to stage major international fixtures over the long term.
“It is vital that we don’t lose sight of our objectives. As other venues around the country continue to invest in their facilities, we cannot afford to standstill and expect that Headingley will always host international cricket.
“The stark reality is that if our stadium fails to evolve we will lose our Test Match status, which would be a devastating blow to the region.