The Borough of Eastleigh is set to stage an historic ‘first ever’ south coast Test Match when England entertains Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl starting today.
The Rose Bowl, which is situated at West End in the heart of the borough, is set to welcome tens of thousands of cricket fans over five days of the final test in the three match series.
Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove said:
“This is a truly historic day for The Rose Bowl and Hampshire Cricket. Staff, players, members, supporters, commercial partners, in fact anyone with an association with this fantastic ground can feel a huge sense of pride in what has been achieved. This is the culmination of an enormous amount of hard work and dedication and yes, it is the fulfillment of a personal dream. It is important that this is not seen as ‘mission accomplished’ though, as we fully intend to be a permanent fixture on the Test-match calendar from 2011 onwards.”
The Council has revised and will be monitoring the plans for temporary coning of residential areas and traffic management arrangements over all five days of the match. Its Streetscene staff will be undertaking additional local patrols as will parking patrol officers and the police will be stepping up their patrolling plans.
The Test Match is an important first for the stadium in building an international profile.
Council leader Keith House claimed it would provide a ‘Major boost to the local economy’ however in April Glen Delve – the rose Bowl MD – warned the council that unless more money was spent on developing facilities then the stadium might not be awarded further tests matches.
A controversial plan to develop a luxury Hotel and golf course at the site – which would involve the council lending the project £35 million and agreeing to the felling of trees -is still under negotiation
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