Manuka Oval

Manuka Oval (officially known as UNSW Canberra Oval for GWS Giants home games) is Canberra's home of Cricket and AFL. The picturesque 16,000-capacity venue hosts BBL and international cricket matches, the annual Prime Minister's XI match and a few GWS Giants AFL home games each year.

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, and a new media centre opened in late 2018. The venue hosted its first Test Match in January 2019.

Manuka Oval

Manuka Oval Details

Location
Address
Manuka Circle, Griffith ACT 2603. Tel: 0417 378 746  
Capacity
16,000  
Record Crowd
15,807 - 22/01/1985 PMs XI v West Indies
Highest Crowd since 2003
14,974 - 30/07/16: AFL: GWS Giants v Richmond  
Lights
Yes  
Arena Roof
No  
Video Screen
Yes  
Arena Dimensions
162.5 x 138.4
Opened
1929
Redeveloped
2018
Former/Other Names
StarTrack Oval
UNSW Canberra Oval
Ticket Agent
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Sports Played
Australian Football
Cricket  
Home Teams
GWS Giants (AFL)
Sydney Thunder (BBL)  
Annual Events
PM's XI Tour Game
Historic Events
2015 Cricket World Cup
2020 ICC T20 World Cup
Last Event
Next Event
Official Website
Directions
Transport
Nearest train station is Kingston.
Parking
Parking is available in the Telopea School Grounds on Manuka Circle and limited street parking is available around the venue.
Accommodation
See nearby Manuka Oval hotels and more. VIEW ACCOMMODATION
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