Due Completion: 01 January 2023
Upgrades to the iconic North Sydney Oval commenced November 2015, through 2022.
In 2016, the historic oval received a portable drop-in cricket wicket, new irrigation lines and improved lighting.
The new lighting system allowed day-night games to be played at the Oval.
Designed for dual-purpose venues, the drop-in cricket wicket is prepared off the ground and then transported back into position for use - allowing for a better playing field. This technology enables the wicket to be produced in a controlled environment. North Sydney Oval first trialled the technology in 1998, when cricket wicket technology was in its early stages. Since then, the technology has improved substantially and is used by many premier sporting stadiums including ANZ Stadium (Sydney), Colonial Stadium (Melbourne) and the MCG.
In 2018 the historic Duncan Thompson Stand had new changing and medical rooms and anti-doping facilities that meet international standards. Plus CCTV in line with first grade sporting regulations to ensure the facility is suitable for all types of sport, local and international.
St Leonards Park cricket practice nets were upgraded in Dec 2019.
By 2020 upgrades included:
- bar, kiosk and merchandising facility improvements
- upgrading of player and officials change rooms and establishment of medical rooms and press facilities
- steel drainpipe and structural remediation work for McCartney, O'Reilly, Mollie Dive and Bob stands
- CCTV system installed
- refurbishment of media broadcasting facilities
- outdoor video screen
- improvements to the public announcement system
- outdoor video screen installation.
After Covid interruptions into 2022 there are still to go:
- Improvement to corporate facilities and Duncan Thompson Stand restoration/refurbishment
- review of seating requirements – new grandstand seating.
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