Derbyshire CCC has confirmed that they could develop a venue capable of hosting outdoor concerts and county wide community events.
The Club has recently been granted £1.7 million in England & Wales Cricket Board funding which is ring-fenced for ground development. Discussions regarding Derby City Council financial support are ongoing.
Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “We have made Derby City Council aware of our willingness to consider the County Ground as an option for community events and concerts.
“As part of our role as a County Cricket Club, we’re keen to make our facilities accessible to the community on both matchdays and non-matchdays.
“It costs over £500,000 a year to keep the County Ground running; money we would much rather spend on increasing our playing and coaching budget.
“Like any other business, though, we need to grow income to cover our costs. Therefore, the more we attract people to a modern venue through non-cricketing events, the better – always providing it can work in parallel with our primary need for first-class cricketing facilities.
“This might be an event like the Darley Park Concert, or even a large scale commercial concert the likes of which saw Elton John perform in front of 14,000 people at Somerset County Cricket Club in 2012.
“Other possibilities include events such as school sports days and community cricket events like the Police Cricket Final we hosted yesterday.
“Council support will be essential and we could create a stunning outdoor amphitheatre capable of hosting international cricket, concerts and other community events. Specific plans are at an early stage and will be subject to further discussions in the coming weeks to see what is possible.
“It would be a unique and modern venue of which the City of Derby would be proud; a great outdoor venue, very close to the City Centre, in an attractive setting by the Racecourse and with great access by road and public transport.
“We also, of course, have catering facilities, toilets, ticketing and stewarding capabilities already in place.
“Hosting such events would be great news for the Derwent community, bringing more people to the ward to spend their time and money, while boosting employment opportunities here at the Club.”
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