SCG's 100th Test wins world award
The SCG's 100th Test has won the Sports Event of the Year Award, beating other major events such as Super Bowl XLVI, the London Olympics' "Super Saturday" and the 2012 NBA All-Star game. The prize, which is for the best sporting event held at a stadium, arena or major sports venue in 2012, was announced at the 2013 Stadium Business Awards in Manchester on Friday.
The SCG became only the third venue to host 100 Tests when Australia thrashed India by an innings and 68 runs in January 2012. The match was also notable for Michael Clarke's unbeaten 329 and centuries to Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.
The judging panel, in delivering its decision, said: "Proving that it's not just new venues - or one-off events - that define a venue's 'greatness' but fundamentally it's about longevity. When we talk about stadiums have a lifespan of 20-30 years these days, it took SCG 130 years to reach its landmark 100th Test - a milestone event (shared by very few other venues) that's a deserved winner."
The SCG is in good company, for the past two winners of the same award were the FIFA World Cup final in South Africa and the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley Stadium.