Oval and Lord’s reveal expansion plans

London’s two major cricket grounds announced expansion schemes on Friday, with the Oval set to overtake Lord’s as the venue with the largest capacity in the English game.

The Oval, the south London headquarters of Surrey, plans to increase its capacity from 25,500 to 40,000 in time for the 2023 Ashes Test series against Australia.

That would take it well above Lord’s, the self-styled ‘home of cricket’.

Friday also saw Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which owns Lord’s, announce a more modest plan to increase the northwest London ground’s capacity from 30,000 to 32,000.

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