Warwickshire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will officially open the new £32million state-of-the-art Edgbaston Stadium development in Birmingham on Monday 25th July 2011.
During his visit, The Duke of Edinburgh, will tour the new multi-million pound complex which includes:
• A superb new conference and banqueting suite which caters for up to for 700 guests
• The luxury Jaguar and 1882 Club suites
• Superb spectator facilities, including a stunning view of the Birmingham skyline as well as the cricket
• An extended ground capacity of 25,000 spectators for domestic and international cricket
• State of the art playing facilities
• Tremendous media viewing facilities for over 200 TV, radio and written journalists
• A new Visitor & Learning Centre
His Royal Highness will have the opportunity to unveil a plaque in the to mark his visit.
He will also witness 12 youth teams from across the County competing in a Warwickshire Cricket Board festival of cricket on the main outfield.
During his tour he will be accompanied by Paul Sabapathy, Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands, Norman Gascoigne the Chairman, and Colin Povey the Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club.
Amongst the 100 guests attending the private lunch and unveiling ceremony will be David Grove, The High Sheriff of West Midlands and his wife Jane Grove, The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Anita Ward and her Consort Vincent Hockley.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit comes during an exciting and exceptional year at Edgbaston. Over 60,000 tickets have already been sold for the 3rd npower Test Match between England and India which begins on Wednesday 10th August, and the Finals of the T20 competition which will take place at Edgbaston on Saturday 27th August.
Norman Gascoigne, Chairman, Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said: "We are absolutely delighted that His Royal Highness Prince Philip has agreed to come and officially open our fantastic new development. The new stadium demonstrates just how important the project is for Birmingham, the West Midlands region and for the future of international cricket in this country and abroad."
Colin Povey, Chief Executive, Warwickshire CCC said: "The new stadium puts us once again at the forefront of world cricket and provides wonderful new conference and event facilities for the City.
"It’s going to be absolutely brilliant. I’ve always said we needed a ground of this quality to compete with other Test venues around the country. The ‘new’ Edgbaston is going to be very special indeed. I know His Royal Highness will be bowled over when he sees what has been achieved at the ground."