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Cricket: Derbyshire outline multi-million pound revamp

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 11, 2014

BIG PLANS ... the 3aaa County Ground.

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DERBYSHIRE County Cricket Club has submitted a planning application to Derby City Council ahead of a proposed multi-million pound ground development.

The Club originally outlined the scheme at the 3aaa County Ground to members at the March AGM and providing permission is obtained, is aiming to start work on this first phase during the close season.

Phase one of the development will see the Gateway Centre renovated into a state-of-the-art cricket centre of excellence and pavilion, while also renovating the Lund Pavilion to create better facilities for members, supporters, sponsors and conferences and events.

The club also wants to improve seating facilities around the boundary to create an amphitheatre capable of hosting various levels of international and tourist cricket, as well as concerts and other events.

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Derbyshire have already secured grant funding of £1.7million following the introduction of the supervisory board at the AGM in 2013 and the subsequent approval of the business plan by the ECB.

There is also potential for additional funding, derived from projected commercial income through ICC global events, which could substantially increase the available pot of money during forthcoming years, to the region of £4million.

Chief executive Simon Storey said: "We need to support our ambitions for success on the field with first-class facilities for players, spectators and our business customers.

"It's all about improving the customer experience so they will come back to the 3aaa County Ground time and time again.

"Improved customer facilities, within the Lund Pavilion, will be there for our members to enjoy and also to support growth in the conference arm of our business.

"We're building, both on and off the field, for an exciting future which will allow us to increase revenue and therefore invest more in achieving success on the field."

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