British Basketball League Cup champions Leicester Riders could find themselves in a new £2.5 million stadium in time for next season, which is planned at Leicestershire County Cricket club's Grace Road Stadium. But the plans have angered residents.
Chief executive of Leicestershire County Cricket club Mike Siddall explains to ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin, how the development of a 2000 seater basketball arena will impact on the Grace Road ground, where the cricket club has played since 1901.
Mike Siddall, Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, has today reassured residents work is being done to mitigate the potential impact of building a new 2000 seater arena for the Leicester Riders basketball team at Grace Road.
Although the plans are in their very early stages, strong local opposition is building from those living nearby, who say they're already plagued by parking problems on match days at the cricket ground.
Jenny Goodwin's house is directly behind where a £2.4 million arena could be built at the Grace Road Cricket stadium in Leicester.
She says the development would have a serious impact on her quality of life, and says some of her neighbours are even considering moving away at the prospect of having another sports venue with a capacity of up to 2000 people on their doorstep.
Proposals for a new 2,000-seat arena for the Leicester Riders have been planned in time for the team's next season.
The £2.5 million stadium will be used as a link-up between the Riders, Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Leicester College.
The lease on the team's current home ends at the end of the season, Riders director Kevin Routledge said:
This venue is an absolute must for us, so we are determined to make sure it happens.
We are going to deliver this venue, there are no ifs or buts about it, we will be building this venue here at Grace Road this year. We have to deliver it, it is crucial for the future of Leicester Riders.