Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, NSW. © SCG Trust & Hamilton Lund

Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is one of Sydney’s most historic and popular sporting venues. Located next door to the Allianz Stadium (Sydney Football Stadium) at Moore Park, it’s Sydney's primary venue for cricket and Australian Rules Football.

The Sydney Cricket Ground originally opened in 1886, and has developed over time to become the great stadium it is today, accommodating around 48,000 people. Before the Allianz Stadium was built next-door, the SCG was also the major venue for Rugby League in Sydney with grand final matches held here for many years. It also boasts an impressive history of rugby union, soccer, baseball and cycling.

Almost every famous Australian cricketer, league and rugby footballer has competed within its precincts. Many of the Sydney Cricket Ground buildings are originals, with the Members Pavilion (built in 1886) and Ladies Stand (built in 1896) among the nation’s architectural treasures.

The Sydney Cricket Ground is also the stage for many major concerts. Among the major international performers who have appeared at the SCG over the years are the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel and Elton John, the late Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Eagles, Prince and Green Day.

The SCG Tour Experience is a behind the scenes historical journey through the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Allianz Stadium. On the tour you’ll see the dressing rooms where the players prepare for the big games, be able to run down the player’s tunnel, experience the tradition of the Members Pavilion, and see the champions featured in the Walk of Honour. Visit the hallowed turf where Michael Clarke brought up his triple century to claim the highest SCG Test score; along with many other legendary players from Sir Donald Bradman to Shane Warne.

Stroll through the historic SCG Museum, which is dedicated to collecting, documenting, preserving and displaying the unique sporting and social activities that have occurred on the grounds of the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Allianz Stadium since the mid 1800s.

Significant items in the museum’s collection include the baggy green caps of cricket legends Victor Trumper, Don Bradman and Steve Waugh; Ricky Ponting's 207 cricket bat; and images of early international sporting matches played at the SCG.

Between the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium you’ll find ten life-size bronze sculptures of the finest Australian sportsmen representing the four most influential sporting codes to have competed at the SCG and Sydney Sports Ground.

The Centennial Parklands that surround the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter offer plenty of fun activities for all the family. Also in Sydney’s eastern suburbs you’ll find the 150 year-old Randwick Racecourse. The Sydney suburbs of Surry Hills, Paddington and Bondi are also close by with plenty of choices for fine dining and shopping. Paddington Markets, held on Saturdays, are a Sydney institution with some of the city’s top designers starting out here.

The Sydney Cricket Ground is approximately 4 km from the Sydney city centre at Moore Park and is easily reached by train, bus or by walking from the city.