Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

The Gabba could miss out on future Test matches to Adelaide and Perth

The Gabba could miss out on future Test matches to Adelaide and Perth
September 19, 2015

Landmark Brisbane stadium The Gabba could miss out on being the venue that hosts the first cricket Test of every Australian summer.

As other Australian States invest in new and refurbished stadia, the landmark Brisbane venue risks being left behind without fresh investment, according to Cricket Australia's High Performance Manager Pat Howard.

Despite offering one of the best pitches in world cricket and the Australian team's 25-year unbeaten record there, the Gabba is likely to slip to being the fifth-best Test venue once the new 60,000 seat Perth Stadium opens in 2018.

Coupled with the recent redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval, it is not inconceivable to imagine Brisbane missing out on hosting rights in any future four-Test series.

Major Australian Test cricket venues
Melbourne Cricket Ground (capacity: 100,000)
Perth Stadium (capacity: 60,000) *to be completed in 2018
Adelaide Oval (capacity: 53,500)
Sydney Cricket Ground (capacity: 48,000)
The Gabba (capacity: 42,000)
Bellerive Oval, Hobart (capacity: 20,000)

Indicating increased "competition" between venues and the need for investment in The Gabba to match that of other venues, Howard stated “there has been growth in the stadiums around the country.

“Making sure that Brisbane and Queensland stay competitive in this space is pretty important.

"I think there is a lot of opportunity to deal with it. Not just inside the ground, but outside the ground, the precinct, the accessibility ... (it needs to be) a good stadium comparable with all the other ones around Australia.

"I know those at the Gabba are well and truly across all of those (possibilities) but how they get them going and in what timeframe is obviously always going to be a challenge."

The new Perth Stadium, being constructed in the inner-city suburb of Burswood, will replace the WACA ground as the venue for all international matches against England, South Africa and India and all Big Bash League fixtures.

The move sparked an outcry from West Australian cricket figures - including WACA President Dennis Lillee, who resigned in protest, and one-day international star Nathan Coulter-Nile, who said he "hates" cricket's shift away from traditional grounds in favour of drop-in pitches at multi-use facilities.

The Gabba's last major redevelopment was completed in 2005 and involved the construction of a 24-bay grandstand, bringing the stadium's capacity to 42,000.

As Brisbane seeks to establish its credentials as a ‘world city’, the Queensland Government will not want The Gabba to lose out to venues in other State capitals.

Gabba Venue Manager Blair Conaghan told the ABC that the stadium was about to start a "master planning exercise" which will map out what needs to be spent and where in the coming years.

Conaghan stated “this will take a long-term view of how the venue associates with development in the wider precinct.

"Traditionally the Gabba Test is the first of the summer and I am sure that is a tradition Queensland cricket will want to maintain."

As a result of the previous Queensland Government showing little interest in attracting ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 fixtures to Brisbane, The Gabba only hosted three games during this year’s tournament.

17th September 2015 - SUNCORP STADIUM TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES COULD COST A MERE $15 MILLION

3rd September 2015 - WACA TO LOSE MAJOR INTERNATIONAL GAMES TO NEW PERTH STADIUM

17th February 2015 - QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT FAILED TO BACK CRICKET WORLD CUP FIXTURES BID

5th February 2015 - PROCESS BEGINS TO APPOINT PERTH STADIUM OPERATOR


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

SYNERGY FITNESS

The Calgym/Synergy group has had a long and proud history since 1976 as world leaders in the innovation, design and evolution of commercial strength and conditioning equipment. The Synergy group was…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 

The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play

 
 

SWIMPLEX AQUATICS

Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

HTS Group Ltd

HTS Group Ltd provides a complete design, system integration, installation and maintenance package to the transportation, traffic engineering, parking and sports timing industries in New Zealand,…

read more

Aquatics / Events / Sport / Technology

 
 

Fitness On Demand

Fitness On Demand™ is a market-leading developer of virtual group fitness products. Our innovative video delivery systems offer robust content and a simple-to-use, comprehensive web app. Fitness…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

LINKS MODULAR SOLUTIONS

Links Modular Solutions are a leading provider of high-quality, innovative software solutions for leisure facilities. Our software suite includes modules such as POS, Classes, Members, Facility…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

PRIAVA

About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business