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Leicestershire have been granted planning permission to install six floodlights at Grace Road.

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Floodlights will be installed at Grace Road for the 2016 season
Floodlights will be installed at Grace Road for the 2016 season

The club submitted a planning application in November and councillors unanimously approved it at a meeting at Leicester City Council on Wednesday evening.

Work on the project will begin immediately and the aim is to have the floodlights up and running for the Foxes’ opening NatWest T20 Blast game against Northamptonshire Steelbacks on Friday May 20.

Leicestershire chief executive Wasim Khan said: “It is fantastic news for Leicestershire County Cricket Club that planning permission was granted at the meeting. Floodlights are an important aspect of supporting our sustainability strategy and we look forward to improving the matchday experience for our supporters.

“We saw an average 48 per cent increase in attendances at Grace Road for NatWest T20 Blast matches in 2015.

“The installation of floodlights will help us to both retain and grow our audiences. We can start our NatWest T20 Blast games later in the evening which will give more people the opportunity to attend after work.” 

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