ROSE BOWL NEW STANDS BEHIND SCHEDULE

Hampshire County Cricket Club are struggling to complete the two new stands being built at the Rose Bowl following bad weather.

The club are in a race against time as England host Australia in a one-day international at the ground at the end of June.

The East and West stands are supposed to be ready by May but bad weather has caused significant delays.

Hampshire Chairman Rod Bransgrove told BBC Radio Solent: "We've had some pretty gross luck during the winter, but it's vital we now complete before June."

The new stands are part of £45 million plans to transform the 150 acres of The Rose Bowl site into one of the best International cricket and leisure venues in the world.

It will increase capacity from 20,000 to 25,000 boosting hopes of hosting further International cricket.

The plans include a new 4-star Resort Hotel built over-looking the playing area, with luxury spa and leisure facilities as well as major conferencing and media facilities.

Posted on 30/03/2010