Friday 5 September 2008 

Durham Unveil £45 Million Upgrade Plan

Durham County Cricket Club has unveiled plans of a £45 million development at its Riverside headquarters in Chester le Street, County Durham.

The proposed development would see the temporary seating upgraded to permanent seating taking the capacity of the ground to 20,000, an increase of 4,000.

Planning permission for Phase 1, which is a small extension to the South East Terrace, has already been granted and work will begin in January 2009, with completion scheduled for May 2009. Future phasing has not yet been determined but it is likely to take place over the next 2-3 years. Included in these plans are a 150 bed hotel, and an eye catching entrance building that will incorporate the Box Office, Club Shop, conference and banqueting space for up to 700 delegates and office space.

Other additions to the ground that will maintain Riverside’s reputation as a world class sports venue include permanent floodlights, TV compound and new scoreboards with replay screens. A new perimeter road is also planned.

Durham County Cricket Club Chief Executive David Harker said, “The ground development is essential if we are to continue to stage international cricket and positions Riverside as a leading regional venue and Durham CCC as a major local employer.”

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