Canada’s domestic sporting scene has been abuzz lately with news of the launch of the Canadian Premier League, and its promise to bring top-level soccer to cities across the country. However, another new league will be launching later this month and promising to bring an internationally-popular sport to the country, and in fact to revive its original national sport.
The Canberra Raiders (NRL) and ACT Brumbies (Super Rugby) could be the beneficiaries of a new National Sport Plan to be released by the Australian Government in coming weeks.
After a turbulent few months following the ill-fated tour of South Africa and the television rights negotiations, Cricket Australia is looking to shift the focus back onto the field and has released the fixtures list for the 2018/19 summer season.
Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is one of the oldest sports stadiums in the world, and an icon of Australian sport. The land on which Sydney Cricket Ground sits was granted to the British Army in 1846, and was first used as a cricket ground in 1854. The New South Wales Cricket Association began regular use in the 1870s, and the state government commenced work to upgrade the facility. The first cricket test at Sydney Cricket Ground was played in 1882 between Australia and England.
In a big win for fans, the four NRL clubs based at ANZ Stadium have reached a deal with the venue that will see ticket prices slashed to make games more affordable for families. Canterbury, South Sydney, Parramatta, and Wests Tigers have also reached agreement for club members to receive free entry for all away games their club plays at ANZ. Ticket prices as low as $20 will also include free public transport to and from Olympic Park, with food and beverage prices also being cut. This is a clear move to attract more fans to ANZ which is consistently decried for having a poor atmosphere with average crowds of around 13,000, in a stadium that has capacity for 80,000.
The $1.6 billion Optus Stadium passed its first test with flying colours on Sunday, hosting the fifth Australia vs England one day international cricket match. Over 53,000 fans attended the game, making it the largest ever ticketed sports crowd in the state of Western Australia. The new venue is now the home of cricket and AFL football in Perth