England Cricket captain Joe Root has officially cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of new state-of-the-art facilities at Bradford Park Avenue Cricket Ground.
An afternoon of celebration saw representatives from all levels of cricket gather with VIPs and representatives of local groups to explore the new ground which is set to bring the community together for years to come.
It was an honour for us to be invited to be part of the celebrations to mark the opening, having been so closely involved with the project from the outset.
The new facility, which includes eight outdoor artificial practice nets and a new changing pavilion, will rank among the best in the country and be suitable for cricketers of all ages and ability.
It’s the first phase of a wider vision to provide a first-class sporting venue for the city. The plan is to bring a new County Pavilion and terracing to Park Avenue that is capable of hosting Yorkshire County matches.
A new home for local community cricket, Yorkshire Diamonds Women’s Cricket Team will ultimately be based at the ground. It will be available for Women and England Disability Test Matches too.
The new changing pavilion has been simply designed using robust materials which respond to the local context. A series of high level decorative panels will enhance the building’s appearance while allowing filtered daylight to the interior spaces.
Enjoying the new facilities
Young people had the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic new net facilities at the official opening, which was designed to be a celebration of diversity in cricket. Representatives attended from Bradford Schools Cricket, Girls Cricket, Bradford University Cricket Team, Yorkshire Cricket Board Black and Ethnic Minority Development Centre, Visually Impaired Cricket and Seniors from three cricket clubs who play at Park Avenue.
Out on the field, a juniors’ cricket competition involving eight teams took place as part of the celebrations. It was wonderful to see the facilities in full use for the first time after so many months of planning, preparation and work.
Dozens of people attended the official opening, including ECB Chairman Colin Graves, Lord Patel of Bradford, and Kersten England, Chief Executive of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.
Ruth Sienkiewicz was delighted to represent Seven Architecture at this exciting stage in the major redevelopment of Park Avenue Cricket Ground.
The project to create a state-of-the-art facility is a joint venture between Yorkshire County Cricket Club, The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Bradford Council.