North Sydney Oval is located in the south-west corner of St Leonards Park at the intersection of Miller and Ridge Streets.
The first cricket pitch was laid on 6 December 1867, making it one of the oldest cricket grounds in Australia.
The first structure built in 1879 was a simple pavilion overlooking the cricket ground. This was replaced by another pavilion which in turn was replaced by the Duncan Thompson Stand in 1929. At the time it was the largest suburban grandstand in the State.
The Oval had its first major renovation in 1931, with Alderman Blue claiming that the pitch was 'like concrete' and serious injury, even death could occur if something wasn't done. In 1935 the timber fence was replaced by a high brick wall and a concrete terrace seating 1200 people was built.
Usage rates continued to increase and by 1976 North Sydney Oval was hosting seven full football matches each weekend from three different codes - Rugby League, Rugby Union and Australian Rules as well as the occasional game of soccer!
The ground still bore the 'concrete' tag until the late 1980s when drainage and irrigation systems were installed and the pitch was re-layed. The Oval won a prestigious award for "Ground of the Year" in 1992.
In 2016 the historic sportsfield received a portable drop-in cricket wicket, new irrigation lines and improved lighting.
In 2018 the historic Duncan Thompson Stand has 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, whether it be local or international.
More improvements are underway to cement North Sydney Oval’s reputation as a first class sports facility. They include:
- Upgrade the Oval bar, kiosk and merchandising facilities.
Over the next few years, we will also upgrade the grandstand seating, refurbishing media and TV towers, and install an outdoor video screen.
Function Centre, Events, and Bookings
The oval function centre is a great venue available for hire, and is accessible and fully equipped.
Contact the oval office at 2 Fig Tree Lane North Sydney 2060, or call (02) 9936 8585, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For bookings of North Sydney Oval (oval 1) please contact Jennie Devlin on (02) 9936 8585; or for Bon Andrews Oval (oval 2) please contact Peter Devlin on 9936 8599 or 0419 239 067.