Australian Turnstiles – SCG Wins at Stadium Business Awards
Stadium Business Awards
The Stadium Business Summit for 2018 was recently held in the UK at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United. Numerous Australian venues received nominations including Optus Stadium in Perth, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, ANZ Stadium in Sydney, and Adelaide Oval.
However the only winner on the night was the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), winning the Venue Technology Award. The SCG Trust recently introduced new systems within its venue operations centre utilising facial technology, social media monitoring, and centralised information to provide a safe and secure environment for patrons. The investment proved worthwhile during the Sydney Ashes cricket test in January when monitoring identified a fan who was planning on jumping the fence invading the field. Meanwhile, the prestigious Venue of the Year Award was won by Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta – new home of the NFL Atlanta Hawks.
2019 Super Rugby Schedule Announced
With 2019 being a World Cup year, the Super Rugby tournament will run uninterrupted, with no break for the usual June test match window. Additionally, all teams will feature in round one, as opposed to the confusing staggered start that occurred this season. The playoffs will remain unchanged, with an eight team finals series culminating in the grand final on July 6th. The NSW Waratahs are yet to announce where they will play their home games, with demolition of Allianz Stadium scheduled to be well underway before their first home game in mid-February. The full draw is available here as a PDF.
First Look at New Western Sydney Stadium
One of the venues reportedly being considered by the Waratahs is the new Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta, due to open in early 2019. Recent newspaper reports indicate construction is ahead of schedule, and will be a significant new development for Sydney sports fans. One of the main design features is the 34-degree slope of the 30,000 seats, making it one of the steepest stands in the world. The design and technological innovations being integrated into the build had one reporter comparing the new stadium to Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco. Once open, the Western Sydney Stadium will see the Eels (NRL) and Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League) return to Parramatta to be the anchor tenants. Several other clubs are reportedly considering moving at least some of their home games to Parramatta too, including the Canterbury Bulldogs and Wests Tigers.
Korea Team Up with Geelong for ABL Debut
As expected, the first Australian Baseball League (ABL) expansion club will play out of Geelong in Victoria. The team will be made up of Korean players, and has been branded Geelong-Korea. They will be based at the Geelong Baseball Centre, which has a capacity of 5,000 and is recognised as one of the best baseball venues in the country. Geelong is a 45-minute drive from Melbourne.
Optus Stadium Named Best AFL Stadium
The new Optus Stadium has been ranked the number one venue by fans on the AFL.com.au website. Built at a cost of $1.5 billion and opened earlier this year, Perth’s premier sporting venue was scored at 9/10. Adelaide Oval came in second, with the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in third position.
Women’s 2021 RWC
Lastly, six countries have entered the race to host the 2021 Rugby World Cup with Australia, New Zealand, England, France, Portugal, and Wales all in contention. The winning bid will be announced in Dublin on November 14th.
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