BRIEF HISTORY OF THE VENUE
Manuka Oval’s rich and diverse history has proved integral in its continuous use as an iconic sporting venue. With a seating capacity of 13,550, the venue remains the premier site for cricket and AFL events in Canberra.
The Manuka Oval precinct retains much of its original tree plantings from the 1920s with the area named by the designer and architect of Canberra- Sir Walter Burley Griffin. On site, the original curator’s cottage and the Lord’s Taverners garden add a certain charm to what is often referred to as one of the most iconic boutique sporting venues in the country.
The first cricket match was played at Manuka Oval on 19 April 1930, before the Bradman pavilion which was opened in 1963 by Sir Donald Bradman.
In 1982, the old Melbourne scoreboard was removed from the MCG and the face was transported to Canberra and rebuilt. It was named after Jack Fingleton, former Australian opening batsman, confidante of Sir Robert Menzies and first PM’s XI skipper.
Lights were commissioned in 2012 which enabled Australia to play a One Day International against the West Indies as part of the Canberra Centenary celebrations in 2013.
In January 2019, the Manuka Oval Media and Function centre was officially opened, a facility that is capable of hosting the world’s media and serving as a prime function space for AFL in the winter months.
The venue has played host to a range of elite and international sporting fixtures, including an annual PMs XI match, One Day Internationals, Women’s Ashes, a Big Bash final, three ICC Cricket World Cup fixtures, and in 2019, created history in hosting the first ever Test Match.
HOW TO GET TO THE VENUE
Bus services direct to the city (Civic) and Woden bus interchanges, arriving and departing outside the East Gate
- Patrons can produce a ticket to receive free transport to/from venue
Taxi and ride share pick-up/drop off areas
- Taxis - Manuka shopping precinct
- Ride share – corner of Empire Circuit/Fitzroy St and corner of Furneaux St and Canberra Ave
- Off street parking located in the suburbs surrounding the venue
MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Spectator Visitors Guide
- ATMs are located inside the venue near the East and West gates on match days – there are no ATMs at the venue. All vendors have EFTPOS/Pay pass
- Water refill stations are located within the venue
- Food and drinks including alcohol will be available for purchase
- Cloak room facilities will be available at entry gates.
- Patrons wishing to leave the venue will be required to obtain a pass-out at the gates, and then produce their match ticket and pass out for re-entry.
Prohibited and Restricted Items
Patrons should be advised that all bags will be checked upon entry into the venue.
- Sealed plastic containers of water and soft drinks (up to 1L)
- Home-made food, packaged food for individual consumption only (crackers, chips, cheese, lollies, etc)
- Umbrellas (will be asked to be taken down if impeding views)
- Collapsible strollers, which can be put under your seat (a pram must not be left in the aisles)
- Soft cooler bags
- Alcoholic beverages, illicit drugs, glass, cans or breakable containers;
- Opened or partially filled drink containers (empty water bottle up to 1L to fill up inside is ok)
- Commercial food (i.e. McDonalds, KFC, Subway, etc)
- Musical instruments, whistles or air horns;
- All animals except guiding or companion animals (Registration of the animal MUST be provided);
- Skateboards, scooters, roller blades, bicycles, etc;
- Recording devices (for commercial purposes);
- Flags over 1m x 1m in size;
- Offensive clothing or signage;
- Any items or goods for sale;
- Anything too big to fit under a seat (i.e. esky, pram, etc)
- chairs/stools, marquees or tents
- weapons, flares, etc
- hard sided eskies
Please note that the Major Event Act 2014 will be enacted for matches at Manuka Oval. Please see Manuka Oval website for full list of venue prohibited items.
- Tickets via Ticketek ‘Special Needs Hotline’ 1300 665 915 (9am to 5pm AEST 7 days per week)
- Wheelchair and mobility scooter users are advised to purchase seating in those areas designated for wheelchairs
- Companion pets are permitted into the venue, however proof of the animal’s registration will need to be provided at the entry gate.
- Companion card holders (disabled patrons who have companion cards) are permitted one free ticket for their companion, if they purchase the ticket at the venue – this does not apply to online transactions
Food and Beverage
- A range of food and beverage, including alcohol will be available for purchase at Manuka Oval for the tournament. Gluten free options also available.
- Manuka Oval is strictly a no smoking venue
- Manuka Oval encourages patrons to recycle using the bins around the venue