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Plans to expand Edgbaston for two India matches mooted

Warwickshire CCC is investigating the potential of erecting a further 800 seats in a temporary structure behind the Stanley Barnes Stand after strong demand

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Indian players celebrate their win at the ICC Champions Trophy Final match against England at Edgbaston.

Edgbaston Stadium could be expanded by a further 800 seats for the first time in five years to meet huge demand for two matches against India.

Warwickshire CCC is investigating the potential of erecting a further 800 seats in a temporary structure behind the Stanley Barnes Stand for a one-day international and a Twenty20 match in September.

Demand for India matches is always vast – as shown in last year’s ICC Champions Trophy matches in the city – and it would be the first time since 2009 that extra seating has been required.

Warwickshire chief Colin Povey said: “We are debating whether to add 800 extra seats for the Twenty20 and ODI against India.

“The issue is if we sell them for one game and not the other then we just break even – we have to sell both.

“It is something we are talking about at the moment, but I would be surprised if there weren’t full houses for both games, and that is already better than budget.”

Mr Povey said the additional seating would also be used in the 2015 Ashes Test match – which is expected to set a new record attendance at Edgbaston.

Tickets for that match go on sale to members next week and the public in mid-September.

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