Ahead of TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit in Manchester in December, we caught up with Bruce Cruse, Director of Facilities at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
A former cricketer from Tasmania, Cruse has been at the ECB since September 1999. As well as facility management, his role at the ECB includes national funding projects.
Based in Manchester, Cruse serves as a strategic lead for facility development and investment programming.
Leicestershire is one of the county cricket clubs in the midst of a stadium redevelopment project. In March, the club announced plans for a £60m (€68.7m/$72.8m) redevelopment of the Uptonsteel County Ground as it looks to transform the stadium into a multi-purpose destination.
TheStadiumBusiness: What’s exciting you in the field of stadium design at present?
Bruce Cruse: “It is interesting to see what is happening in terms of sustainability and the response in design terms. I am also excited about designing for fan engagement and creating destinations that represent more to the public that just a sports event.”
TSB: What’s in the pipeline for the ECB over the next six to 12 months?
BC: “We will continue to implement works that relate to our strategy on inclusion and diverse communities.”
TSB: What are you most looking forward to about the Summit?
BC: “The wealth of knowledge and experience from across the world that is present at the Summit. There is always something that triggers inspiration.”
Explore the future of stadium design with Bruce and hundreds of other stadium industry leaders, exclusively at #TDS23 at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester on December 6-7.