The new £53 million Compton and Edrich stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground have been officially opened in front of the first full crowds for a Test match at Lord’s since 2019.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) President and Sri Lankan cricket great Kumar Sangakkara declared the stands officially open by cutting the ribbon of MCC colours, scarlet and gold.

The redeveloped Compton and Edrich stands, designed by double RIBA Stirling Prize winners WilkinsonEyre and constructed by ISG and engineered by global engineering consultancy Buro Happold, have replaced the old structures with significantly improved facilities that will future proof the Home of Cricket, while complementing the unique character of the Ground.

The spectacular and innovative stands accommodate 11,600 spectators and provide an experience to be enjoyed by a range of cricket supporters. 

Ticket holders will benefit from the numerous integrated catering and washroom facilities located in close proximity to seats at all levels, ensuring minimal time away from the cricket action on the Ground while providing excellent sightlines and unparalleled views of Lord’s. The stands have greatly improved accessibility with wheelchair-accessible spaces, amenity seating and lift access at all levels. 

Debenture Holder level seating on the second tier boasts two magnificent pitch-facing restaurants, Compton’s and The Edrich, the latter of which is run by Michelin-starred chef, Tommy Banks for international matches, as well as two exquisite hospitality suites. The stands also include a new shop at ground level.

A walkway bridge links the two stands, offering beautiful views of both the Main Ground and the iconic Pavilion, and the Nursery Ground and beyond overlooking St John’s Wood Church Gardens. Completing the new stands are two state-of-the-art canopy roofs which honours the design of the RIBA Stirling prize-winning J.P. Morgan Media Centre by architect, the late Jan Kaplicky.

 Some of the project’s statistics, include:

·       7,000m³ of material has been excavated from the site in demolishing the old stands.

·       2,000 tonnes of steel has been installed to create the superstructure now in place.

·       1,300 separate pieces of pre-cast concrete form the terracing of the three tiers, standing at 24 metres high, which offer unparalleled views of the hallowed turf and iconic Grade II* listed Pavilion.

·       The majority of the 11,600 seats fitted have been re-used from the previous stands to mitigate waste, and they all offer unrestricted views of the playing area.

·       The stands offer an additional 2,600 seats, increasing the Ground’s capacity to 31,600. 

The stands are named after the late Denis Compton and Bill Edrich, who entertained thousands of spectators during their careers, and their contribution to the history of Lord’s will continue to inspire visitors to the Home of Cricket through the stands.

MCC Chief Executive & Secretary Guy Lavender, said: 

It’s been excellent to see the progress of the redevelopment over the past two years. In what has been a challenging time for everybody, finally opening these stands fully to be enjoyed by cricket supporters for this Test match is a significant moment.  

There has been an incredible amount of hard work to achieve this milestone and I would like to thank everybody who has been involved in this project, which has truly been a team effort.

Image credit – Jed Leicester MCC