A new season and Old Trafford has a new look. As Lancashire beat Warks on their opening county championship game, all eyes were on The Point, a giant bright red structure now dominating the ground.
Built next to the members' pavilion, The Point is a £12m conference and events facility which has transformed the Old Trafford skyline.
Still being fitted out, The Point will be the only place in Manchester that can seat 1,000 diners or delegates. It can be divided into four suites - Ashes, Boundary, Century and Maiden.
A balcony running the length of The Point offers great views of the cricket and will be THE place to be for A-list guests when the ground hosts its many rock and pop concerts.
There are 2,500 seats for spectators below the cantilevered building which replaces the old uncovered stands as well as the County and Tyldesley Suites.
It's thought The Point will earn Lancashire CCC millions of pounds a year which will support the future development of the sport in Greater Manchester and Lancashire - and help to bring Ashes cricket back to Old Trafford.
More than 100 contractors are busy fitting out The Point with state-of-the-art catering facilities, wireless access, plasma screens and remote controlled spot lighting system.
Peter Ash is the Sales Manager. "Itís without doubt the most exciting thing that Iíve ever worked on. And to see it go from a drawing on a scrap of paper two years ago, to being close to completion 10 weeks before it opens is just fantastic!"
There are longer term plans to develop Old Trafford further including a new media centre and re-aligning the pitch North-South.These are tied in with the Tesco development and will be reviewed by the government after the election.
It's hoped that work on The Point will be completed in time for the England v Australia one day game on 27 June 2010.
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