Work is underway on Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s new permanent marquee – a development which will transform the Club’s conferencing and hospitality operations for the better.
The brand new £140,000 facility will be capable of hosting dinner/dance functions for up to 300 people as well as providing an excellent location for match-day hospitality.
Situated adjacent to the recently completed 1,800 seater stand, the new facility is expected to be complete in time for the visit of Australia on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July and the Derbyshire Festival of Cricket – Celebrating 140 Years (sponsored by Orchid IT) which commences the following week.
The marquee is a state of the art, permanent facility with hard sides and glass windows. It will provide all the required grandeur for prestigious events and is likely to host Derbyshire’s Player of the Year Awards Evening on Saturday 11th September 2010.
Derbyshire Chief Executive Keith Loring said: “The new marquee is the latest in a number of stages that are turning the County Ground into a sporting and conferencing venue of which we can be proud.
“As well as providing an excellent hospitality settling, the new marquee will significantly broaden our conference & banqueting capabilities.
“Although we have hosted memorable functions in the versatile Gateway Centre Cricket Hall, it is a top-class cricket facility and is therefore very popular and frequently in use for cricket.
“With the practice needs of our professional squad and our Academy, the ECB becoming increasingly regular visitors for indoor coaching courses and the lanes booked out to local cricket club’s during the course of the winter, the hall is a thriving cricket facility, as it should be.
“In the past this has limited our ability to take on large dinner/dance functions. The new marquee will ensure that this is no longer the case.
“Everything we are doing here is aimed at producing additional income to assist our Head of Cricket John Morris in building the squad he deserves.”