Hampshire Cricket History

Looking Good
January 27, 2015, 5:25 pm
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I’ve been at the ground today. There were a good few cricketers and coaches around. The Hotel is coming on nicely and looking somewhat ‘sparkly’ now:

AB Hotel 27.1.15

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Looking good! Is it possible to walk in front of the hotel on the berm, and thus walk all the way round the ground? I.e. on the ground side, which I guess is the back of the hotel.

Comment by David Ackland

I didn’t get that far David but I’ll check next time. I’m sure when it opens that will be the case

Comment by pompeypop

David (or anyone else that knows) I have always wondered what he two structures are at either side of the hotel. The one on the left in the picture being just a framework much as it was throughout last season whilst the one on the right now seems to have some form of cladding. I wondered if they might be windbreaks. Any ideas?

Comment by James

With regard to the initial question I seem to recall when the Atrium was opened to non-members a couple of years ago it was said this was a temporary measure until the hotel was finished to allow non-members to move from one side of the ground to the other.

So it seems the idea then was that you would be able to walk past the back of the hotel (and allow the Atrium to revert to a members-only area). It would be good to confirm this is still the plan though.

Comment by James

You’re right James, one side has some bits stuck on it now. I’ve asked before but never really received a clear answer so I’ve no real idea what they are

Comment by pompeypop

I think that I heard that it was for decorative wood cladding as on the Warne and Ingleby Mackenzie stands. In architectural terms to give unity to the design of the whole ground. There is a similar curve on the two stands. I may be wrong.

I too hope we get the atrium back

Comment by David Ackland

Hope my debenture seats are ready for use!

Comment by Ageas

Thanks Davids. I suppose decorative purposes is the most likely answer.

Comment by James

I think the fly through video at http://www.hiltonhotelsouthampton.co.uk/ confirms the thought above about wood cladding

Comment by Ageas

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