Cricket club may leave Worcester's New Road amid flood concerns - The Worcester Observer

Cricket club may leave Worcester's New Road amid flood concerns

Worcester Editorial 16th Apr, 2024   0

COUNTY cricket may soon be played away from Worcester’s iconic New Road ground due to the ‘unprecedented record volume of flooding’ and concerns over the long-term future of its famous tenants.

Chiefs at Worcestershire County Cricket Club have revealed it will be exploring every option, including a move away from New Road, in a bid to ensure the long-term future of the club.

New Road, which holds around 5,500 people, has been Worcestershire’s home since 1896.

However, floods have blighted the Faithful City, and the cricket club, with increasing regularity since the turn of the year.

According to the club, this has brought into focus the ‘very real issues’ regarding their sustainability.

A statement released on Monday by Worcestershire’s board said it would be looking into options over the next few months so they could provide the membership and key stakeholders with a plan.

In February, the County Cricket club announced it would move its opening two fixtures of the season to Kidderminster amid issues caused by the floods, the first of which will begin on Friday, April 19 against Durham.

That same month, Worcester City Council asked its environment committee to delve into how to tackle the long-standing flooding issues.

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