Cricket fans will be able to see instant replays at Manuka Oval from both ends of the ground during the upcoming summer of cricket, with replay screens to be temporarily installed.
Venues Canberra will pay for the temporary installation of a 70 square-metre video replay screen at the northern end of the ground and 50 square-metre screen at the southeast end of the venue. The screens to remain in place for the duration of the summer of cricket which runs from 24 October to 28 February.
It is not the only improvement the ground will receive before the venue sees its next sporting action, with a thousand seats to receive shade on the northern and southern ends of the ground thanks to a $2.7million investment from the ACT Government.
Cricket ACT CEO James Allsopp said the improvements to the 13,550-capacity venue will improve every fan’s gameday experience.
“During the test match last year, the cricket community were raving about how outstanding the ground was, including the new media centre, which has given a modern feel to the boutique ground,” Mr Allsopp said. “The fact that the ACT Government is further investing in the ground is fantastic for cricket.”
Mr Allsopp admitted there is one ‘final frontier’ that he would like to upgrade.
“We all know that some of the amenities on the eastern side of the ground could be improved,” he said. “Putting a big grandstand up there would be the ideal outcome but there is still a fair bit of work to get to that point.
“We are going in the right direction but I think that the eastern side is the final piece.”
While all the hype last year was about Canberra’s first-ever test match, there is a strong T20 feeling to Canberra’s 2019-20 summer of cricket.
“From January onwards, this summer is all about the women with a tri-series between Australia, England and India – the three best countries in the world,” Mr Allsopp said. “Then we get the World Cup, where Canberra has an opportunity to watch a high level of cricket and be part of a World Cup.
“The ACT Government has been leading the way in support of women’s sport and we want to really put it on the map and to well-establish it within our society.”
Canberra’s Summer of Cricket
- Prime Minister’s XI vs Sri Lanka – 7:10 pm, 24 October
- Men’s T20 match Australia vs Pakistan – 7:10 pm, 5 November
- Women’s T20 match – India vs England – 2:10 pm, 31 January
- Women’s T20 match – Australia vs England – 2:10 pm, 1 February
- Women’s T20 match – Australia vs India – 2:10 pm, 2 February
- Women’s Twenty20 World Cup – England vs Thailand – 26 February
- Women’s Twenty20 World Cup – West Indies vs Pakistan – 26 February (doubleheader)
- Women’s Twenty20 World Cup – Australia vs Bangladesh – 27 February
- Women’s Twenty20 World Cup – South Africa vs Thailand – 28 February
- Women’s Twenty20 World Cup – England vs Pakistan – 28 February (doubleheader).