Lord’s, the ‘Mecca’ of cricket, witnessed the opening of their new stand on Wednesday. The stand named Warner Stand was opened up by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburg. The stand under the purview of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is worth a whopping £25 million. The Warner stand, named after former England captain Sir Pelham Warner, was first inaugurated in May 1958. The current renovated stand took about two years to build. This is also the first time after 1998 that a new stand has been opened after the Grand Stand. This new opening is a part of the Masterplan for Lord’s development plan in May 2013. READ: Lord’s cricket ground over the years
His Royal Highness was awarded Honorary Life Membership for MCC in 1948, and also served as President of the Club twice, from 1949-50 and 1974-75. The official capacity of the Warner Stand is 2,656 which now boast of a world-class match control facility, an outstanding restaurant and catering provision and other sustainable features that reduce carbon footprint amongst others. The new Stand has been designed by Populous, known for being the architects of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium. The stand will be open to be used during England’s first ODI against Ireland on Sunday.
MCC’s Assistant Secretary for Estates, Robert Ebdon said, “Today is a landmark moment for the Club, and we are very grateful to His Royal Highness for joining us to celebrate the official opening of the Warner Stand”
He further added, “MCC has always sought to commission innovative, unique buildings and stands that add to and complement the heritage of the ground and its surroundings. Populous’ design does just that, and this truly outstanding facility will be enjoyed by visitors to Lord’s for many years to come.”
“It has been a real team effort to get to this point as, with its tight geographical location at Lord’s, it was a challenging brief to our design and construction partners,” he explained.
“From the vast improvement in facilities and sight lines to the impressive semi-translucent roof with oak beams, the new Warner Stand can rightly take its place alongside its architecturally-celebrated neighbouring stands,” Ebdon concluded.