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Sydney Cricket Ground

Moore Park, NSW

Home of the Sydney Sixers

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Sydney Cricket Ground (map it)
Driver Ave
Moore Park, NSW 2021
Australia


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Year Opened: 1848

Capacity: 48,000

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Sixers at Sydney Cricket Ground

The iconic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has a long and storied history. The land on which the stadium stands was granted to the British Army for use as a cricket ground in 1848 with the first recorded cricket match played there in 1854. The ground is the home of cricket in New South Wales, regularly hosting interstate and international matches. Furthermore, numerous other sports have also utilised the venue over the years.

The SCG was the main stadium when Sydney hosted the Empire Games, the precursor to the Commonwealth Games, in 1938. In addition, the Sydney Swans (AFL) have called the SCG home following their relocation from South Melbourne in the early 1980’s, while prior to opening of the Sydney Football Stadium next door, major rugby league and rugby union games were also staged here. In 2014 the SCG was showcased to the world when it hosted the MLB Opening Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The SCG has a perfect mix of tradition and modern comforts; the Members Pavilion and adjacent Ladies Stands date back to 1886 and 1896 respectively, while the newly re-built MA Noble and Don Bradman Stands offer world-class facilities. Additionally, the Victor Trumper Stand now dominates the southern end of the ground, where the infamous hill and Doug Walters Stand were previously located.

The Big Bash League (BBL) was formed in 2011 and is arguably becoming the premier Twenty20 cricket competition in the world. The Sixers and cross-town rivals, the Sydney Thunder, share the Sydney market. The Sixers identify as the more glamorous of the two Sydney teams and represent the inner city, eastern suburbs and coastal regions of the metropolitan area.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The SCG throws up an interesting discrepancy when it comes to food and beverage, in that there are effectively two tiers of offerings depending on where you sit. The Members area is following the trend of overseas venues by serving high quality food such as wagyu beef burgers, pulled pork, noodles, seafood, gourmet pizza, and craft beers. The remainder of the venue provides generic mass produced food such as hot dogs, hot chips, meat pies, fish and chips, and Domino's Pizza. The one thing that is common regardless of where you sit is high prices - and there has been an increase for the 2015/16 season. Also keep in mind that the public areas of the venue do not serve full strength beer.

Atmosphere    5

The SCG has always had a special feel; it radiates history and is unique to Australian sport. Many of the stands are named for great Australian players of yesteryear; Don Bradman, Monty Noble, Victor Trumper, Bill O'Reilly and Clive Churchill (rugby league). The Trumper stand features good views of the city skyline, including Sydney Tower. The Members Pavilion and Ladies Stand create a sensational backdrop - and is a top notch place to sit if you're lucky enough to have access to this area of the ground. A plaque has recently been added outside the home dressing room commemorating the late Phillip Hughes, who tragically died after being felled by a ball in an interstate game at the ground.

The Sixers have done a great job in personalising the atmosphere to their brand. There are numerous banners around the entry points with several proclaiming that the Sixers at the SCG are "Party Central." This is what Twenty20 cricket and the BBL are all about. The predominant colour of the Sixers is magenta, and this is a standout feature of the Sixers experience.

They are attracting good crowd numbers which helps create an enjoyable experience, including lots of families. It's great to see young children enjoying the game of cricket and celebrating their heroes. The crowd is excited and engaged throughout the game. The mascot is average at best, but overall the Sixers do well to keep things interesting between overs.

Neighborhood    5

The SCG is located just minutes from the city centre and is flanked by the Sydney Football Stadium on one side and Fox Studios Australia/Entertainment Quarter on the other. Within the EQ are many cafes, restaurants and bars. The surrounding suburb also features impressive parklands including Centennial Park. Venture further afield and you will find a plethora of dining and drinking options in the nearby eastern suburbs. Paddington, Bondi, and Coogee are all accessible and recommended.

Of course, Sydney is one of the great cities of the world and if you are from out of town you should definitely do sightseeing trips to see iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney has world famous beaches. Bondi Beach is close by or catch the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach for the day.

Fans    4

The Sixers have done a great job attracting a mix of Sydney cricket fans. The fans are knowledgeable and good natured, with plenty decked out in team merchandise or pink to show their support for the Sixers. While I observed many families in attendance, the Sixers also attract younger people looking for a fun night out. The overriding feeling is one of fun, with Mexican waves, beach balls and plenty of cheering. The Sixers attract crowds of over 20,000 which compares well with other BBL franchises and especially good for a domestic competition.

Access    4

The SCG is centrally located, just south of the Central Business District. Parking is available in the parklands over the road for $25, with additional parking in Fox Studios. While the SCG is relatively easy to get to, like most major venues, there is often traffic congestion in the surrounding areas so you must be sure to allow plenty of time to arrive, park, and exit.

Many people use public transport to access the SCG. Numerous bus services are available, including connections to Sydney's Central Train Station. On previous occasions I've often made the walk to and from Central Station in preference to catching a bus, in order to visit various pubs along the way. Without stopping, the walk takes around 20 minutes although it is mostly uphill to the venue.

Once inside, the concourses get quite crowded as people arrive and move towards their seats. Ushers are plentiful and located at numerous checkpoints. Access around the venue is somewhat limited and you are mostly restricted to the general area in which your seat is located.

Bathrooms are readily available and well maintained.

As with many venues around the world, security has recently been upgraded following the Paris terror attacks in November 2015.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets are well priced with general admission for adults starting at $20 with reserved seating from $25. Discounts are available for families and children. The game and venue are well worth the price of admission for a sporting event of this nature. Parking and food are expensive although comparable to most major sporting venues. Note that the general admission areas fill quickly so it's best to buy your ticket in advance and arrive early.

Extras    4

The unique historical aspects as the venue, the pre-game attractions outside the stadium, the fan engagement and the general willingness of Sixers players to sign autographs and mingle with fans are all worth extra points.

Final Thoughts

The Sixers have taken the history of the SCG and added the sparkle, fun and excitement of T20 cricket. If you happen to be in town during the BBL season, the Sixers should definitely be on your to-do list.

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The Magenta Zone

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is one of the world’s great cricket grounds. The land on which the SCG stands was granted to the British Army for use as a cricket ground in 1848 with the first recorded cricket match played there in 1854. The SCG has a fantastic mix of history and modern comfort. The beautiful Members Pavilion was opened in 1886 and adjacent Ladies Stand in 1896. The ground is the home of cricket in New South Wales, regularly hosting interstate and international matches.

Furthermore, numerous other sports have also utilised the venue over the years. The SCG was the main stadium when Sydney hosted the Empire Games, the precursor to the Commonwealth Games, in 1938. In addition, the Sydney Swans (AFL) have called the SCG home following their relocation from South Melbourne in the early 1980’s, while prior to opening of the Sydney Football Stadium next door, major rugby league and rugby union games were also staged here.

The SCG has seen regular development, particularly in modern times. The most recent additions have included the Victor Trumper Stand in 2008 on the site of the old hill and Doug Walters Stand, while a new stand at the northern end of the ground has opened for the 2013/14 season which has replaced the Noble, Bradman and Messenger stands. These renovations have really transformed the venue into a true stadium whilst still preserving the charm of this historic ground. Further history will be made when the SCG hosts the 2014 MLB Opening Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Sydney Sixers were formed in 2011 as one of two Sydney based teams for the new Big Bash League (BBL), Australia’s domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, with the other being the Sydney Thunder who play at ANZ Stadium. The Sixers identify as the more glamorous of the two Sydney teams and represent the inner city, eastern suburbs and coastal regions of the metropolitan area. Success came quickly for the Sixers, taking out not only the BBL in the inaugural 2011/12 season, but also the Champions League T20 – an international competition for the top teams from the major cricket nations of the world.

Sixers of SCG

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has long been recognised among cricketing nations as one of the world’s great sporting venues. However in 2014 the SCG was showcased to the world when it hosted the MLB Opening Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The beauty of the SCG is that it combines history and modern comfort so well, with the iconic Members Pavilion and adjacent Ladies Stands dating back to 1886 and 1896 respectively.

The land on which the stadium stands was granted to the British Army for use as a cricket ground in 1848 with the first recorded cricket match played there in 1854. The ground is the home of cricket in New South Wales, regularly hosting interstate and international matches. Furthermore, numerous other sports have also utilised the venue over the years. The SCG was the main stadium when Sydney hosted the Empire Games, the precursor to the Commonwealth Games, in 1938. In addition, the Sydney Swans (AFL) have called the SCG home following their relocation from South Melbourne in the early 1980’s, while prior to opening of the Sydney Football Stadium next door, major rugby league and rugby union games were also staged here.

The SCG Trust has regularly updated the venue throughout the past 30 years in particular. The Victor Trumper Stand now dominates the southern end of the ground, where the infamous hill and Doug Walters Stand were previously located. Meanwhile, the M.A. Noble and Don Bradman Stands were completely rebuilt in time for the 2014 season.

The Sydney Sixers were formed in 2011 as one of two Sydney based teams for the new Big Bash League (BBL), Australia’s domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, with the other being the Sydney Thunder. The Sixers identify as the more glamorous of the two Sydney teams and represent the inner city, eastern suburbs and coastal regions of the metropolitan area. Success came quickly for the Sixers, taking out not only the BBL in the inaugural 2011/12 season, but also the Champions League T20 – an international competition for the top teams from the major cricket nations of the world.

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