Mark Arthur is hoping the new Emerald Stand at Emerald Headingley proves to be “an iconic building for Leeds” after the redevelopment reached a landmark stage today.
The final roof truss was lifted into position on the cricket ground side of the stand, giving onlookers a significant picture of how Headingley will look ahead of next summer’s World Cup and Ashes Test.
Yorkshire’s chief executive spoke with great pride and delight at the progress made in partnership with Leeds Rhinos Rugby League club.
Arthur said: “I have to pinch myself as to where we were a couple of years ago. We had nothing in place except for a pipe dream.
“We knew we had to do something in order retain international cricket here and to stage the 2019 ICC World Cup. The tremendous support from the Emerald Group and Leeds City Council enabled us to get into this position.
“I think people will see this as an iconic building for Leeds, and with the coverage both sports get on an international sphere, there’s no doubt that it will promote everything to do with the Leeds city region.
“The fit out will be five-star.
“It’s quite eye-watering how much we’re going to be spending on it.
“But if you are going to portray yourself as one of the best venues in the region, it’s important you leave no stone unturned in your quest to do so.