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Controversial plans have been drawn up to build a new arena for the country's most successful basketball team at a cricket ground which is more than 100 years old.
But proposals for the 2000 spectator arena at the Grace Road Stadium is causing anger to those who live nearby. Chris Halpin reports.
Mike Siddall, Chief executive of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, says it must think of new ways to make money with dwindling spectator numbers coming to county cricket matches.
He says the new Leicester Riders basketball arena will not only benefit the club financially, but will also be positive for the wider community who will have access to better sports facilities.
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.
Kevin Routledge - the director of the Leicester Riders, has said the club is working with those living near Grace Road cricket ground near the site of its proposed new arena.
These are the early stage architectural drawings for the proposed new home for the Leicester Riders basketball team.
The £2.5 million building could be built in partnership with Leicester College and Leicestershire County Cricket club by as early as next spring.
The building will provide collapsible seating for 2000 spectators for league fixtures, but will turn into a three court community sports arena at other times.
The building will also link in with gym facilities which are already at Grace Road, all of which will be open to the public.
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.
Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth said the plans for the new Leicester Riders stadium are "very exciting".
"It's good that this is a project which involves younger people, and linking up with the cricket club and Riders is very exciting," he said.
"It will bring money and jobs into this area, so it seems a good idea to me."
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:
Leicester Riders are expecting to move into a new £2.5m stadium next season.
It is hoped the 2,000 seat arena will link-up the Riders, Leicstershire County Cricket Club and Leicester College.
The leasing on their current stadium at De Montfort ended at the end of the season leaving them homeless.
Residents near the proposed stadium are concerned about potential noise pollution and constant traffic on match-days.