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Old Trafford re-development on track

Old Trafford re-development on track

3:28pm 29th September 2010

Lancashire Cricket club has been given the go ahead for their 32 million pound development of their Old Trafford ground.

As well turning the pitch ninety degrees new stands will also be built to increase capacity to 25 thousand.

It's being done to secure international cricket at the ground in time for the 2013 Ashes series.

“This is a historic moment for Old Trafford, as it will ultimately secure the future of international cricket in Greater Manchester and the Northwest,” said LCCC Chief Executive Jim Cumbes.

“This decision has brought years of painstaking work to fruition for the Club and gives the go-ahead for our next £32m of investment in new pitches, stands, state of the art player and media facilities and an extension to the ground’s indoor cricket school and public areas.  Two new grandstands and a re-furbished Pavilion will ensure a capacity of 15,000 capable of rising to 25,000 with temporary seating. There will also be floodlights and a screen showing action replays.”

Government Office North West informed Trafford Council that it's approval in March of the planning application to redevelop Old Trafford cricket ground and the surrounding area need not be ‘called in’ by the government.

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