The new 6,300 capacity stand development began in June 2015 and has replaced the original Peter May and Lock stand, making the ground’s new capacity now 25,300, and also provides a wide range of new facilities for members and fans including a new rooftop terrace to host guests and member’s events.
As well as the seating capacity, the space beneath the stand has been redeveloped to create a large concourse for the Kia Oval with many new bars, catering facilities and restrooms, which will further improve the customer experience for the many hundreds of thousands of cricket supporters that visit the Kia Oval every summer.
The new stand designed by Rolfe Judd architects and built by Bennett Construction, has retained the name of Peter May, one of the greatest captains in the history of Surrey CCC and a boyhood hero to an entire generation of cricket fans. The neighbouring stand, known as the Laker Stand, has also been renamed the Lock/Laker Stand to pay tribute to the enduring spin partnership between Jim Laker and Tony Lock that helped May deliver such success to the club in the 1950s.
Following consultation with local residents and great feedback on the successful ‘Living Wall’ that has now graced the OCS Stand for a decade, the club has created a similar feature on the outside of the new Peter May Stand.
The new Peter May Stand completion was marked by his late wife Virginia and her family attending the opening day of Surrey’s Specsavers County Championship match against Middlesex on Sunday May 15th , where Virginia performed an official ribbon cutting ceremony before play.
The club also broadcast a special new tribute to Peter May on the big screen and social media, created around a brand new interview with Surrey and England legend Micky Stewart.
The development cost in the region of £10m with funding provided from club reserves with the remainder coming partly from a traditional bank loan and partly from a Surrey CCC mini bond.
Surrey CCC Chief Executive Richard Gould said:“We’re delighted to have completed this development on time and on budget and were honoured to be joined by the May family for its official opening on Sunday.
“It has finished the process of modernising the Kia Oval that was begun with the construction of the Bedser Stand in the 1990s and the OCS Stand in 2004.
“As well as increasing the capacity of the stadium it will also provide much needed new facilities and a large area to congregate with friends and move around the ground.
“We need this extra capacity to help try and fulfil demand for cricket in London. Whilst England internationals historically bring in very large crowds at The Kia Oval, the great story of the last 2 years has been huge upturn in the number of people coming to watch county cricket.
“Surrey CCC has seen a 26% increase in T20 Blast crowds even compared to last year with attendances averaging 20,000 and many Friday nights in June and July selling out completely.”