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Manuka Oval

UPDATED: 13/01/2014

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43,793
 Average: 8,759
 Highest: 12,316
 Lowest: 6,549

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Canberra's enduring home of Cricket and AFL provides a picturesque scene for many do-or-die battles. The annual Prime Minister's XI cricket match and regular AFL games are the highlight at the 14,000-capacity venue.

Manuka Oval (StarTrack Oval)

One of the features of the ground is the Jack Fingleton Scoreboard. This was originally the scoreboard at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, recycled when the MCG installed its first electronic board in the early 1980's. It was relocated to Manuka and named after the late Australian opening batsman who made his career as a political journalist in the corridors of Parliament House, just a few kilometres away.

Manuka Oval

Manuka Oval received a $9 million upgrade in 2001 further ensuring the ground's status as the permanent home for both Cricket and Australian Football in Canberra. Features of the redevelopment included new tiered seating, extending the terraces at the northern and southern ends with individual stadium seating, Inner bowl of stadium seating in front of concrete terraces, Two new toilet blocks and refurbishment of remaining toilets, Construction of a viewing bank on the eastern side to accommodate corporate marquees or portable seating, and Minor landscape improvements. Years later, a roof has been added to the majority of the tiered seating.

The installation of six new 47-metre high light towers was completed in 2013 at a cost of $5.3 million, with the venue now able to host night events including international cricket and AFL. A permanent video screen and additional seating was also installed during the venue's most recent upgrade. In late 2013, a new playing surface was installed with improved drainage and irrigation, new fence and player dugouts.

Manuka Oval

Manuka Oval has played host to the odd AFL game for a number of years now, however as of 2012, the AFL's newest side - GWS Giants, play four home games at the venue each year. As of April 2013, the venue will be known as StarTrack Oval for the duration of each football season following a naming-rights agreement.

Location: Canberra, ACT Address: Manuka Circle, Griffith ACT 2603. Tel: 0417 378 746
Capacity: 13,550 Seats:
Record Crowd: 14,922 - 4/06/06 AFL: Kangaroos v Sydney Highest Crowd since 1/1/2003: 14,922 - 04/06/06: AFL: North Melbourne v Sydney Swans
Lights: Yes Arena Roof: No
Video Screen: Yes Arena Dimensions: 162.5 x 138.4
Built: 1929 Redeveloped: 2013
Former/Other Names: StarTrack Oval Ticketing: Ticketek
Sports Played: Australian Football
Cricket
Home Teams: GWS Giants (AFL)
Annual Events: PM's XI Tour Game Historic Events:
Last Event: 09/08/14: AFL: GWS Giants v North Melbourne Next Event: 18/02/15: CWC: Afghanistan v Bangladesh
Directions: Transport:
Nearest train station is Kingston.
Parking: Accommodation:
Parking is available in the Telopea School Grounds on Manuka Circle and limited street parking is available around the venue. CLICK HERE to view & book nearby accommodation >>
 
 
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