Prince Philip yesterday opened new £25million Warner Stand at Lord's as redevelopment work is completed

4 May 2017

Lord’s Cricket Ground has opened its new Warner Stand in a ceremony attended by The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.

Named after former England captain Sir Pelham Warner, the stand was originally opened 59 years ago.The £25 million redevelopment began in 2015 and has been completed during the previous two close seasons.

Funded entirely by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), it is the first major renovation at the home of cricket since 1998.

The Warner Stand has a capacity of 2,656 seats and now boasts a number of sustainable features to reduce the stadium’s carbon footprint.

These includes solar panels to generate hot water and electricity at the ground.A high quality restaurant will also be included in the new stand, which also offers improved sight lines for spectators.

Fans will be able to sit in the new stand for the first time when England face Ireland in the second One-Day International on Sunday May 7.

Robert Ebdon, MCC's Assistant Secretary (Estates), 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.

"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.

"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."

It was also announced on Wednesday that Lords will postpone a further £98million rebuild until at least 2027.Work to redesign the Allen and Tavern stands was originally set to start last year.