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The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), after vigorous research and technical evaluation, has decided to install the next-generation subsurface aeration and vacuum-powered drainage system from SubAir (USA), at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, making it the first ever installation of SubAir Systems for Cricket Stadiums worldwide.

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Warwickshire County Cricket Club has announced 2014/15 as a record financial year for the Club with year-on-year turnover up 47 per cent, to GBP£18.3m, and EBITDA* more than doubled (122 per cent), to £3.7m.
The Club has now increased turnover and EBITDA in the last three financial years, with the latest results impacted by Edgbaston hosting the Third Investec Ashes Test Match last July, which led to increases in ticketing, catering, hospitality and merchandise revenues.
However, in addition to the programme of major match cricket, substantial increases of 43 per cent in revenues and 86 per cent in attendances in domestic T20 cricket have also been revealed, where the Club is represented as Birmingham Bears.
Neil Snowball, Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said:
Whilst hosting an Ashes Test Match is a great opportunity, the Club had to work very hard to maximise this opportunity; activities included the installation of a temporary stand to give even more spectators a chance to watch the match and new travel and catering initiatives that made the spectator experience more enjoyable.
It is also very encouraging to be rewarded for the increased investment in T20 cricket. The regular opportunity to watch Birmingham Bears play on a Friday night and allowing under 16s in for free has made T20 cricket at Edgbaston a very exciting proposition, and we have ambitious plans to grow further in 2016.
Edgbaston will host England on two occasions in 2016, with a Royal London One Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka on Friday 24 June and an Investec Test Match against Pakistan between Wednesday 3 and Sunday 7 August. The stadium will also host the biggest day in domestic cricket, with a NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day on Saturday 20 August.
Gareth Roberts, Commercial Director at Warwickshire CCC, said:
Whilst we achieved record commercial success in 2014/15, we have also received our best ever customer feedback scores; these are from surveys that are sent out to each customer that has purchased tickets for our international and domestic T20 matches to rate their experience.
Our Members and supporters are at the heart of everything that we do and we are constantly looking at new ways in which we can make their experience of cricket at Edgbaston even more enjoyable and easier to access, whether that’s shuttle buses from Birmingham city centre to the stadium or a wider choice of food and drink outlets.
The special atmosphere that supporters generated at our 2015 international match days was highly commended by several players in 2015 – including Alastair Cook and David Warner. This atmosphere differentiates Edgbaston from any other cricket venue in the UK and makes our match days a very special experience. We’re delighted to have such an exciting programme of fixtures to recreate this in the coming years.
Edgbaston will host 35 days of major match cricket from 2016 to 2019, with an Investec Test Match confirmed each year, including the return of the Ashes in 2019. Edgbaston will also play a prominent role in the hosting of two global tournaments by hosting five matches – including a semi-final – of both the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Cricket World Cup in 2017 and 2019 respectively.
*EBITDA – Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation.
Image: Edgbaston accommodated 24,550 supporters on each day of the third Investec Ashes Test Match in July 2015.


Big screens for cricket at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester

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Emirates Old Trafford deployed its new 60m² LED screen during the 3rd Investec Ashes Test Match. Stadium LED and broadcast specialist ADI provided their 16:9 widescreen Virtuality LED product which was specifically developed for the stadium market. It’s the company’s first cricket ground install.

ADI also provided two iCONIC 12 screens from their mobile LED screen fleet for the duration of the Test; which were incorporated into fan zones on the periphery of LCCC where they entertained spectators pre-and post-match.

Terry Watson, Operations Manager, Lancashire County Cricket Club said:

ADI have delivered our desired vision, with a tailored screen solution which is completely in keeping with the cutting-edge, contemporary design of our ground – and importantly the project was completed in time for us to host the third Investec Ashes Test Match.

ADI is providing a complete solution for Lancashire County Cricket Club that incorporates design, manufacture, installation and on-going service and maintenance. This was the company’s second project at Lancashire’s ground, having installed a wide network of concourse screens inside the AJ Bell Players & Media Centre during summer 2012.

SCG development scaling new heights

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Sydney Cricket Ground

Sydney Cricket Ground

Construction of the new Northern Stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground has reached new milestones ahead of its public opening during the Ashes cricket Test between Australia and England on 3 January 2014. SCG Trust General Manager Major Projects, Piers Thompson, said:

With the commencement of the Level 2 concrete pours, the construction is now moving skywards providing a greater visual impact for fans and Members coming to the SCG.

In recent weeks, the first concrete pours to Level 2 have been conducted while a new 273 metre squared video screen, the largest at a sporting ground in Australia, is now completed and operational. Some 3,000 concourse seats have been installed for Sydney Swans home AFL competition matches and the project also saw the refurbishment of Light Tower 1.

Over 85 per cent of the basement slabs have been completed allowing the fit-out and installation of services such as plumbing, electrical, fire and mechanical services.

Level 2 will accommodate the new members Sports Bar and will have sweeping views down the SCG towards the Victor Trumper and Churchill Stands to the south of the ground.

The new 48,000 capacity Stand (as yet un-named) replaces the Noble Stand (circa 1936), the Bradman Stand (circa 1973) and the Messenger Stand (circa 1984).

Lords to expand to 32,000 over 13 years

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MCC's masterplan for Lords calls for two phases of construction

MCC’s masterplan for Lords calls for two phases of construction.

MCC has announced a new Masterplan for the development of Lord’s Ground which will take capacity to 32,000. The phased plan will commence with the redevelopment of the Warner Stand in the autumn of 2014 and finish with the reconstruction of the Compton and Edrich Stands in 2027. MCC puts the cost at between £180 million – £200 million.

The first phases of development, totalling £90 million from 2014-2019, will be funded entirely from the Club’s own resources. The remaining phases, from 2021-2027, will be funded through a combination of MCC funds and sensible levels of borrowing.

Colin Maber, the Chairman of MCC’s Ground Working Party (GWP) and Estates committee, said:

The Masterplan has been designed to provide a framework within which Ground development over the next 15 years can be set. The phased approach allows room for flexibility and evolution. Our key principles – on the absolute need to retain the size of both grounds, on keeping Lord’s as a Ground rather than making it a stadium, on the importance of green open spaces, and on enhancing the experience for every visitor – will underpin all we do. It is advanced work in progress, but can be flexed to reflect changing economic circumstances, technology and research.

A priority of the GWP – under the chairmanship of Colin Maber, the architect responsible for the redevelopment of Trent Bridge, working alongside Populous – has been to improve the circulation in the Ground. This will be achieved by incorporating more bar and restaurant facilities within the new stands and the development of subterranean access facilities to reduce service traffic. The plan includes:

  • Rebuilt Warner, Tavern & Allen, Compton and Edrich Stands.
  • The re-siting of the Nursery Ground towards the Wellington Road, over the Club’s leasehold land.
  • A new entrance on Grove End Road which will be the main point of access on non-match days, and will supersede the Grace Gates as the Members’ entrance on match days.
  • Extensions to the Pavilion to reinstate its symmetry and establish more pitch-facing facilities for players and match officials.
  • An increase to the capacity of Lord’s by 2,700 to 32,000.
  • New buildings at the North, East and Grace Gates incorporating banqueting facilities, retail space and offices for MCC and ECB staff.
  • A Food ‘Street’ behind the Compton and Edrich Stands to replace the existing Food Village.
  • Subterranean car-parking, access routes, waste management, catering and storage facilities.
Lords will expand over 13 years of renovation.

Lords will expand over 13 years of renovation.