Sports Event of The Year: As part of our Stadium Business Awards 2013 ‘Winners In Focus’ series we take a look at Sydney Cricket Ground who won the Sports Event of the Year 2013 – for the hosting of their 100th Test Match.
The past two Sports Event of the Year Award winners were FIFA World Cup Final in South Africa and the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium.
The SCG became only the third ground worldwide to have hosted 100 cricket Tests when Australia defeated India by an innings and 68 runs. The match was highlighted by the record-breaking innings of 329 not out played by Australian captain Michael Clarke, and the twin centuries made by Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.
You can read SCG’s full media release here and visit their official website by clicking here
The Judging Panel remarked; “Proving that it’s not just new venues – or one-off events – that define a venue’s ‘greatness’ but fundamentally it’s about longevity. When we talk about stadiums have a lifespan of 20-30 years these days, it took SCG 130 years to reach its landmark 100th Test – a milestone event (shared by very few other venues) that’s a deserved winner.”
SCG Trust Chief Executive, Mr Jamie Barkley, said the Award was a credit to all SCG staff, Members, the Australian and Indian cricket teams, Cricket Australia and to cricket fans.
“This Award is shared by all who participated and attended the SCG’s 100th Test. It was milestone event in the history of the SCG and in world cricket and we are proud that it has been independently recognised by a panel of experts.”
$186 million stand redevelopment and Major League Baseball
Although a time to celebrate this achievement the SCG are looking forward to staging an Ashes Test Match in January 2014 with a brand new AUS $186 million stand which will be operational for the first time. Cox Architecture were appointed as lead architect to carry out architectural design services for the redevelopment of the SCG Northern Stand.
Cox Architecture’s design proposal will reinforce and rejuvenate the time-honoured traditions and character of the world famous SCG. The new Northern Stand will be designed as a pavilion to complement the SCG’s legacy and heritage.
2014 will be a landmark year for the venue as on March 22nd & 23rd the SCG will host the first Major League Baseball (MLB) game between Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. More can be read about the MLB games that will take place annually in Australia by clicking here
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