Work is underway to install a brand new 1,800 seater stand at the County Ground – taking the seating capacity of the ground to 4,000.
The new stand will offer an elevated viewing position at the Racecourse End of the ground and is just the latest in a string of developments which are changing the face of Derbyshire’s home ground for the better.
Matches are now played in a north/south direction after work to turn the playing square through 90 degrees was completed a year ahead of schedule – and two floodlight pylons were also relocated during the close season to supplement the change.
A brand new water irrigation system has been installed as well as three phase electrical wiring around the ground.
Next in line will be a state of the art permanent marquee which is set to be positioned adjacent to the new stand once planning permission is secured.
Derbyshire Chief Executive Keith Loring said: “Looking at the structure during the building process, it is already clear what an impressive addition to the County Ground the new stand is going to be.
“More fixed seating was a must as we continue to improve the facilities for our members and supporters who now have the option of enjoying a prime elevated view thanks to this new facility.
“With a two day visit from Australia, six home Friends Provident t20 matches in Derby and the first ever Derbyshire Festival of Cricket (sponsored by Orchid IT) as we celebrate 140 years, there is a feast of cricket to enjoy this summer.
“We hope these matches give people a reason to return to the County Ground and witness the strides we are making.”
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