Stage C of the National Cricket Campus development in Albion has begun, comprising improvements for the Allan Border Field and Ray Lindwall Oval. The project aims to transform the popular sports site into a world-class facility to be used by various teams and community clubs.
The $18.8 million National Cricket Campus project has been funded by Australian and Queensland Governments, Brisbane City Council, Cricket Australia, Queensland Cricket and Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club. Hutchinson Builders is the principal contractor for the project and has successfully completed the delivery of Stage A and B on Shaw Road in December 2020.
Stage C of this development will deliver the following features:
- Five new international wickets, including a subcontinent preparation pitch.
- An extended Allan Border Field boundary size.
- Terrace seating and a new electronic scoreboard.
- New lighting for training areas.
- A new amenity building to include change rooms, ground manager’s office and high-performance offices.
- Improved drainage and turf facility management to allow for 365-day-a-year field usage.
Whilst development is ongoing, teams and clubs may use the new training fields on Shaw Road.
“Brisbane is increasingly seen as the home of cricket in Australia. But this project is exciting not only for the city, but for the entire cricket community around the country,” MP Trevor Evans said. Mr Evans was at the sod-turning ceremony on 22 July.
“These new facilities will ensure that all our cricketers have the amenities and playing grounds to thrive, as well nurture our next generation of Tim Paines and Meg Lannings”.
Stage C is expected to finish by May 2022. Once the Campus fully opens, it is expected to boost economic activity in Brisbane when international and national training programs begin. The National Cricket Campus will be open year-round.