Every summer countless Sydneysiders and visitors from interstate and overseas come to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) to watch matches like the Sydney New Year’s Test Match, One day internationals and domestic matches.
I’ll give you tips to help you get to the SCG quickly and enjoy your day as best as possible.
Click on the photo above to see a larger panoramic view of the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Situated in Moore Park in the city’s east, the Sydney Cricket Ground is one of the world’s most famous cricketing venues.
For a stadium in a major centre, it has a relatively limited capacity (close to 44,000) but this has the direct benefit of ensuring that spectators are close to the action from virtually any point in the ground.
Its limited capacity is, in fact, essentially the result of the extension over recent years of seating to most parts of a stadium now devoid of its long famous hill and instead dominated by the Brewongle, Churchill, O’Reilly, Noble and Doug Walters Stands. The green-roofed Ladies pavilion remains, still one of cricket’s most famous landmarks.
Travelling to and from the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
The best way is to travel by public transport – Catch a train to Central Station, then catch a bus or exit the station on the Eddy Avenue side and walk to Moore Park down Foveaux and Fitzroy Sts (15-20 minutes).
‘Moore Park Link’ – combined train/bus tickets are available to get you to and from Moore Park on a single ticket. ‘Moore Park Link’ is available from most CityRail stations with a ticket office. Timetable information is available from www.131500.com.au or by calling the Transport Infoline on 131 500.
From Saturday 17 November 2012 customers travelling to Moore Park Special Event Bus services (Routes 1, 3 and 32) can use their MyZone ticket to get to and from major events. Additional tickets that will be valid for travel on these Special Event Buses include: MyBus (Single, TravelTen), MyMulti (Day Pass, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Yearly), Pensioner Excursion tickets and Family Funday Sunday tickets.
When play ends obviously everyone wants to leave the ground at once and although there will be buses waiting outside it’s usually faster to follow the line of people walking back to Central station.
If you must drive to the ground than be aware that traffic around the Moore park and SCG area can be congested and slow moving just before play starts and when it ends. Limited parking is available at Moore Park and Fox Studios and sometimes also in the grounds of Sydney Boys/Girls High Schools across the road from the SCG.
Significant discounts apply to Moore Park East Event Parking charges when there are four or more passengers in the car. This is to encourage car pooling and thus decrease traffic congestion around major events.
Seating in Various Stands
Before you buy your ticket, look at the Sydney Cricket Ground map to see where each Bay and Stand is in relation to the pitch. There are even webcams showing the SCG Scoreboard and SCG Hill Grandstand.
SCG Ground & Museum Tours
Tours of the SCG can be arranged by contacting the SCG Trust. According to their promotions you can “prepare for the big games in the dressing rooms, run down the Players Tunnel, enjoy the view from a Private Suite, experience the tradition of the Members Pavilion, explore the Museum and its friendly “ghosts” and see which champions feature in the walk of honour, plus much more!!”
How to Enjoy Your Day at the Cricket
- Whether you’re watching the cricket by yourself, with friends or you’re bringing your family along than try and bring as much food and drinks with you as possible because the in ground caterers are not cheap.
- If you bring an handheld radio then you can listen to excellent ball by ball cricket commentary and analysis by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) commercial free on AM frequency 702 or Grandstand Digital for a digital radio on all international cricket matches and some domestic matches.
- Make sure you get to the SCG early so you don’t get stuck in the bag checking queues.
- Make sure anything you bring along can fit under your seat otherwise you might not be allowed to bring it into the ground eg: large eskies, backpacks, flags etc
- You can only bring in non-alcoholic drinks eg: water, soft drinks etc as long as they arent in metal containers, cans or glass bottles (plastic bottles are best)
- Avoid bringing anything that could be seen as a nuisance item eg: beach balls, musical instruments eg: trumpets etc