Following the £1.4million pound investment in improving facilities last year, the Club this winter entered phase two of its overall ground development project, with a further investment of £2.2million.
The work, which began in November, will further improve facilities for Members, spectators and all visitors to the ground and ensure that we offer a safe and comfortable environment for all our visitors.
The work includes a new £2million centre, due to be completed this August, which will be known as the OKI Business and Media Centre and will house written and broadcast media partners on all matchdays, plus two floors of commercial offices.
Phase two of our ground development project includes;
- Building a new four-storey complex, the OKI Business and Media Centre, incorporating two floors of office space as well as a state-of-the-art media floor which will meet ICC and ECB media requirements. This is due to be complete in August.
- Creating an access road and footpath to link the Grandstand with the new OKI Business and Media Centre and the Marquee to allow spectators to walk around the ground. This is due to be complete in August, in line with completion of the Media Centre complex.
- Relocating over 1,100 seats from the former Falcons Stand on to a concrete base at the City End of the ground, close to the perimeter fence, incorporating space for disabled spectators and a view behind the bowler’s arm. The seats behind the stand will be removed and re-installed elsewhere in due course. The Club is also planning to reinstate over 600 seats at the Racecourse End of the ground as work on the OKI Business and Media Centre is completed.
- Installing a brand new PA system that can be heard in all areas of the ground and 3aaa Pavilion.
- Refurbishing and enlarging the Tea Room to create a larger area for seating with new, more comfortable furniture and a fresh new menu.
- Creating a new combined Club Shop and Bookshop to provide more choice and longer opening hours. This is situated in a purpose-built unit at the Grandstand side of the 3aaa Pavilion.
- Additional seating on the 3aaa Pavilion balcony including raised benches, provided by gardenbenches.com, to give Members an improved view of the action.
- Installing new car park fencing and entrance gates at the 3aaa Pavilion and Marquee entrances to improve ground security and speed up access.
Chief Executive, Simon Storey said: “I am convinced that the improvements underway will significantly improve the experience of everyone who visits The 3aaa County Ground. I also know that the ground will be safer, more secure and more comfortable as a result of these improvements.
“On behalf of the Board and all the staff and players at the club, I would like to thank all Members and spectators for their understanding and cooperation, and their continued support of Derbyshire.”
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