Old Trafford gets new look

The £200 million re-development of Old Trafford Cricket Ground is in the pipeline and will form part of a sports-led regeneration strategy for the area.

Old Trafford Cricket Ground is situated on Talbot Road in Old Trafford, an area of Stretford in Greater Manchester that has been the home of Manchester Cricket Club since 1856 and of the Lancashire County Cricket Club since it was founded in 1864. International Test matches have been played there since 1884.

Now, Lancashire County Cricket Club has unveiled plans for a massive redevelopment of Old Trafford that they hope will ensure their future as an international venue for cricket matches.

The club, which celebrated its 150 year anniversary last year, has involved the community in deciding upon the new plans, and has asked local land owners and residents for their opinions on the plans.

The new plans for the 50 acre mixed use site have been warmly welcomed by Trafford Council, as have plans for the new, larger square with wickets running north to south instead of their current east-to-west orientation.

Trafford Council has approved proposals for the development, which will be designed by Architects BDP and include two new grandstands with a capacity of 15,000, new scoreboard and replay screen, plus potential for 10,000 more temporary seats.

The first phase of the redevelopment should be launched early next year, with completion aimed for in late 2012, in time for the 2013 Ashes.  

Many are hoping that the redevelopment will ensure that Old Trafford regains its place on the international test match circuit.