Sussex County Cricket Club today officially opened their new refurbished Pavilion with the help of the new Mayor of Brighton & Hove on one of her first engagements.
The ribbon was cut on the brand new entrance to the Pavilion and the invited guests were the very first people to walk through to the first floor. The ceremony saw the completion of one of the major aspects of the recent £8m development project, as the Pavilion is now fully refurbished with a brand new Long Room and Dining Room, as well as the lower ground floor vaults area which will house the new Museum.
Vice-Chairman of Sussex County Cricket Club Richard Barrow thanked the new Mayor Anne Meadows, Chairman of West Sussex County Council Mike Coleman and Deputy Leader of East Sussex County Council Tony Reid for their attendance at the event, before going on to also thank Sussex’s development contractors Farnrise Construction on their tireless work on the project, as well as Robert Ebdon of Project Managers Synergy, Graeme Hawkins of architects Miller Bourne and the Executive team of Sussex Cricket.
Mayor of Brighton & Hove Anne Meadows addressed those present at the ceremony by saying, "The work that has been carried out on this building will be crucial to sustaining the future of Sussex County Cricket Club and the County Cricket Ground."
Chief Executive Dave Brooks said: "We now have a ‘new’ Pavilion, one which maintains the traditions of the oldest professional sports club in the country, though also one which enables the club to offer the very best facilities to our members, and a great location for businesses and the public to hold events, conferences, and celebrations of all kinds.
"It will also be the home to the Sussex Museum and Education Centre where everyone can celebrate Sussex’s fine heritage.
"The PROBIZ County Ground development is nearing completion and the final changes will be made during the next three months and we will formally open our great new Ground fully for the 2012 season."