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Headingley upgrade unveiled

Ambitious plans have been unveiled to upgrade Headingley cricket ground in Leeds.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club set out its vision to transform the famous stadium over the next 20 years.

The project, which will now go to consultation, would include installing floodlights, and rebuilding the North/South stand.

A five-level pavilion would be built adjacent to the existing Carnegie Pavilion and include modern corporate facilities, player dressing rooms and members’ room.

Capacity would increase from 17,000 to 20,000.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club chairman Colin Graves said: “This is the most ambitious project the club and the venue will have undertaken since the ground was first established 125 years ago.

“Our ambitions are clear. We want to create a stadium that is among the finest in the world and enable Yorkshire to continue to stage major international fixtures over the long term.”

He added: “The stark reality is that if our stadium fails to evolve we will lose our Test Match status, which would be a devastating blow to the region.”

Headingley is due to host a Test Match between England and Sri Lanka from 20 June.

It is perhaps most famous as the venue for Ian Botham turning a Test Match and Ashes series on its head in 1981.

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