Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 1st day January 3, 2012

Plans for new-look SCG announced

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Sydney Cricket Ground's venerable MA Noble, Bradman and Messenger stands will be demolished and replaced by a vast new $186 million construction in time for the ground's next Ashes Test in January 2014. On the occasion of the ground's 100th Test, the SCG Trust chairman Rodney Cavalier announced the redevelopment, which is being funded with the help of the federal and state governments.

"The new stands are another moment in the ground's evolution," Cavalier said. "The design instructions made it expressly clear that, when the work is completed, the stands will look like they have always belonged inside one of the world's greatest cricket grounds. Just as the Victor Trumper Stand fits in so beautifully.

"The Noble, Bradman and Messenger stands no longer meet the requirements of the modern day spectator. Their useful life is fast drawing to a close. Sightlines are obstructed by roof supporting pylons. The on-going costs of maintaining the existing stands continue to increase year on year. Additions, renovations and other upgrades have not greatly improved the viewing environment, access and egress for spectators, particularly the elderly and the disabled."

Built in 1936, 1973 and 1984 respectively, the three stands have dominated the northern end of the ground, but will make way for a complex that will increase the ground's capacity to about 48,000 and update amenities for spectators, as well as broadcasters and media, currently housed in the Noble/Bradman stands.

Sydney's marriage of old and new will be maintained by the retention of the Members Pavillion and the Ladies Stand, to the west of the new complex.

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  • hayden on January 4, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    lot of money spent for not much more if you ask me. 3000 more seats is hardly worth it??? sydney need 60000. even with this upgrade the scg will only be the third largest aussie cricket ground by the time the world cup and the ashes rock up. i wonder if they will loose the world cup semi to the larger adelaide oval or will sydneys corporate pressence keep the game in sydney?

  • Chris on January 3, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Re: ejp2795 - I am with you on the ticket prices. My wife and I went to one of the T20 Big Bash games but not the test match, and it isn't because we prefer the T20 cricket, but that it was $20 each while we'd be looking at more like $120 each for a day at the test. Just can't do that. But I guess when they know they are able to sell out the ground even at the exhorbitant prices they charge, then they'll keep doing it!

    I don't like the way they've gone for such futuristic looking new stands right on either side of the classic old members and ladies stands though. It makes them look so much out of place. Surely they could have come up with a slightly retro design to make it all fit in better!

  • Elizabeth on January 3, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    I hope the existing names will be retained across the sections of the new stand - honouring both the cricket and rugby league traditions of the ground. I too love the historic Members & Ladies stands - long may they reign. As for increased capacity, judging by the vast empty spaces in the O'Reilly Stand today it will not be needed. It is a sad day when the SCG cannot sell out the first day of the New Years Test with so much history potentially to be made. Cricket Australia need to take a long hard look at their ticket pricing policies, and soon. It's not necessarily a preference for T20 that is driving fans to attend Big Bash games rather than Test cricket - it's just the household budget. I hope 2012 is the year when cricket spectators around the world start getting treated with more respect by cricketing authorities - matches played in near empty stadiums are not a good experience for anyone concerned.

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    well this my favourite ground in the world atleast outside india or maybe if i take indian ground into contention too as my fav plz keep its beauty if it increases it i am all for it

  • Fiona on January 3, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    It's a shame they couldn't integrate the beautiful old member's stands with the modern look. WHy is modern Sydney architecture always made so ugly in order to be more functional?

  • Rob on January 3, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    But what will it do for the ticket prices...

  • Andrew on January 3, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    As long as they keep the old Members Stand - I'm happy. Good that they will finally increase the capacity.

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