Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been awarded a GB£4m grant from Leeds City Council towards the redevelopment of the North-South stand at Headingley Stadium.
The Club sought funding of GB£4m as a grant contribution towards the GB£28.5m scheme in a move to secure the long-term future of Headingley as a Test match and a Category A cricket venue beyond 2020. Additionally, the awarding of four Cricket World Cup matches in 2019 are dependent on the redevelopment plans being completed.
Yorkshire CCC’s Chief Executive, Mark Arthur, said:
Yorkshire Cricket is very grateful to Leeds City Council for the grant support we have received towards the building of a new stand between the cricket and rugby ground at Headingley. Without their support we would not be able to host the Cricket World Cup in 2019 or Test matches thereafter.
Sport is very important to our region and forms an integral role within a balanced society. International cricket has been held in Leeds since 1899 and brings with it history, tradition, international reputation and economic benefit to the wider area.
The award is subject to planning approval and if granted it is hoped the stand will be completed by April 2019.
About the Redevelopment
The success of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie makes Headingley Stadium one of the biggest visitor attractions in Leeds and important to the economy of the city. The redevelopment plans are aimed at retaining the stadium’s position internationally in readiness for the economic and social benefits that hosting the 2019 Cricket World Cup and future test match cricket will bring to Leeds and Yorkshire.
To facilitate the stadium improvement plans, funding will be provided from a combination of public and private funding, including Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos; the latter will provide the majority of the remaining investment through the proposed sale of two sites for housing development located off Weetwood Avenue, Weetwood and off Old Thorpe Lane, Bradford Road, Tingley. The net receipts from the sale of these sites will be 100% invested into the improvements at Headingley.
The proposals will create an increased capacity Cricket Stadium that will offer the highest standards of playing, practice and training facilities, good quality seating and corporate facilities, state of the art technology and media facilities and attractive spaces around the stadium to improve integration with the surrounding Headingley neighbourhood.
For the Rugby Stadium, the proposals will provide a replacement North and South Stand with enhanced facilities for players, fans and visitors. The new South Stand will also replace some of the Rugby capacity lost by the development of the joint Stand between rugby and cricket, and for the first time will include an element of seating within the stand, however the standing capacity will still exceed the current level of members in the South Stand.
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