David Hodgkiss OBE on the bright future ahead
David Hodgkiss believes Lancashire are on the verge of something great.
Lancashire County Cricket Club Chairman David Hodgkiss OBE recently spoke with the Manchester Evening News to talk about Lancashire County Cricket Club’s exciting and bright future.
On stadium developments
“This is the start of the next stage of Lancashire,” said Hodgkiss, who took over as chairman from Michael Cairns in April.
“We want to demolish the Red Rose Suite, it is inappropriate for the stadium now and there will be more seats there. We have commissioned an architect to review that area. I would like to make the stadium bigger, add another 5,000 to the capacity.
“You always have to have growth targets, in all areas, but the business has to go forward and that includes stadium development.
“I do think we should get bigger crowds, that's a target of mine. We are surrounded by a population over five million, we should get bigger crowds than we do. We sell out to Yorkshire in the NatWest T20 Blast, which shows there is an appetite for it.
“But we don't max out our links to clubs, we don't max out the fact we are part of Manchester, and Cheshire and the whole north west. There is loads to go at.
“So we want a bigger stadium, we want bigger crowds, we want enthusiastic crowds, we want involved crowds. We want crowds keen to get involved in Lancashire cricket.
On cricket developments
“We are going to be even more focused on cricket,” he said. “We have been stadium building over the last few years and we want to finish that off.
“We have been distracted a bit by building the stadium, by financial survival, by cricket survival at one stage.
“We had to address others issues, but now we can concentrate more on the cricket side of things than we have been able to do in the last few years.
“I am really chuffed we now have a homegrown team of coaches here in Glen Chapple and Mark Chilton. I think we are at the beginning of a rebuilding of Lancashire cricket.
“We are looking at increasing the number of wickets on the ground, at improving the outdoor nets, teaming up with another ground as a second XI base which we will invest in.
“Money has been spent on the stadium, now money has to be spent on capital projects to do directly with cricket.
“Cricket is top of the agenda. Outside of the capital, this is the obvious choice as opposed to places like Birmingham.
“And the facilities we have here now play a big role in attracting players. I think the club is on the verge of something great.”
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