1897
1931
26,000
142.0m long, 155.0m wide
Queensland
Speedway, Australian Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union, tennis, equestrian events
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Australia v England - Nov 30-Dec 5, 1928 Scorecard
Australia v West Indies - Jan 16-20, 1931 Scorecard
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Brisbane's Exhibition Ground had a short lifespan, staging only two Tests and a couple of dozen first-class matches before being completely replaced by the Gabba. The venue was home of local argicultural shows, and when Brisbane was finally granted a Test in 1928-29, it was held at the Exhibition Ground as it was a natural ampitheatre and so could accomodate more people. However, revenue from that match, and the Test which followed in 1930-31, was disappointing, largely because of the numbers who got in for free by using their agricultural society badges, and the Queensland Cricket Association moved down the road to the Gabba.

It has staged many other sports, including rugby union and league internationals. It hosted one of the most controversial union games in 1971 when Australia took on South Africa - the game was switched from Ballymore because it was easier to erect barricades at the Exhibition Ground.

The venue is no longer used for cricket and instead hosts the anual RNA show which attracts over 500,000 people, as well as speedway and equestrian events. It is situated in the suburb of Bowen Hills and is very close to Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Martin Williamson

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Leo O'Connor of Queensland and Arthur Gilligan, MCC's captain, toss at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground in November 1924. Hendren made a grand 168 for MCC in a drawn match
Leo O'Connor of Queensland and Arthur Gilligan, MCC's captain, toss at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground in November 1924. Hendren made a grand 168 for MCC in a drawn match
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