Lord's square to be extended
MCC has revealed that two new pitches will be added to the main square at Lord’s, with the aim of being ready for use in competitive cricket from 2015.
One pitch will be added to either end of the current square, with each being initially used for training and practice purposes prior to international and first-class fixtures.
Once the work, which is being undertaken in partnership with turf consultant Steven Pask Limited, has been completed, Lord’s will boast 21 pitches.
John Stephenson, MCC’s head of cricket and estates, said: "MCC is determined to maintain the reputation of Lord's as the best cricket ground in the world for players, members and spectators.
"The laying of two new international standard pitches represents the most recent phase in the club’s ongoing commitment to make sure that this is the case.
"The new pitches will initially be used next season purely for practice purposes, but once they have 'bedded-in' over the next couple of years they will be used for competitive cricket and will therefore provide even greater flexibility for the ground to host further fixtures. In particular, it will present the opportunity for Lord's to accommodate more women's and youth cricket on the main ground."
The installation of the two new practice pitches on the Lord's square follows the re-laying of approximately one-third of the outfield in August, after the ground hosted the London 2012 Olympic Games Archery tournament. The whole outfield will be re-laid prior to the start of the 2013 season.