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The capacity of Australia’s 9 main cricket grounds and their record attendances


Australian cricket grounds

We’ve all be sitting on the couch, or in the grandstands, wondering ‘how many seats in this place?’

It’s brought up in pubs, group chats and even at the venues – what is the capacity of certain cricket grounds around Australia?

Let’s get some answers.

It’s common sports knowledge that the MCG can reach that illusive six figure mark of 100,000, but how many fanatics out there that can impress their mates by rattling off all the capacity numbers for each of Australia’s major cricket grounds?

With a jam-packed Australian summer of cricket heading our way, for both the men’s and women’s sides, supporters are expected to be out in force — filling up grounds across the nation.

It does vary city to city down under when it comes to cricket grounds and their capacity. So keeping that in mind, let’s count them down in order of size.

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Australia’s largest cricket grounds, ranked by capacity

9. Manuka Oval (Canberra)

Capacity: 16,000

Cricket ground for: Sydney Thunder (BBL)

Record cricket attendance: 15,807 – Prime Minister’s XI v West Indies, 1985

8. Blundstone Arena (Hobart, Tasmania)

Capacity: 19,500

Cricket grounds for: Hobart Hurricanes (BBL) and Tasmanian Tigers

Record cricket attendance: 18,149 – Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers, 2016

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Tasmania’s picture perfect Blundstone Arena

7. Sydney Showground (Homebush, Sydney)

Capacity: 23,500

Cricket ground for: Sydney Thunder (BBL)

Record cricket attendance: 21,798 – Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, 2016

6. Gabba (Brisbane)

Capacity: 36,000

Cricket grounds for: Brisbane Heat (BBL), Queensland Bulls and Australian Cricket team

Record cricket attendance: 39,874 – ODI: Australia v South Africa, 2006

The Gabba, Australian cricket grounds

5. Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

Capacity: 48,000

Cricket grounds for: Sydney Sixers (BBL), NSW Blues and Australian Cricket team

Record cricket attendance: 46,070 – Test Match (D1): Australia v England, 2007

SCG Sydney image
The Sydney Cricket Ground and Members Pavilion, in all its glory.

4. Adelaide Oval

Capacity: 53,600

Cricket grounds for: Adelaide Strikers (BBL), South Australia Redbacks and Australian Cricket team

Record cricket attendance: 55,317 – Test Match (D1): Australia v England, 2017

3. Marvel Stadium (Docklands, Melbourne)

Capacity: 56,347

Cricket ground for: Melbourne Renegades (BBL)

Record cricket attendance: 44,316 – Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, 2018

Marvel Stadium BBL image
The magic of Renegades’ home venue Marvel Stadium | Australia’s cricket grounds

2. Optus Stadium (Perth)

Capacity: 61,266

Cricket grounds for: Perth Scorches (BBL) and Australian Cricket team

Record cricket attendance: It’s undetermined what the record is but the 2022/23 BBL Final between the Scorches and Heat had an attendance of 53,886.

Optus Stadium, cricket grounds
Optus Stadium

1. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Capacity: 100,024

Cricket grounds for: Melbourne Stars (BBL), Victorian Bushrangers and Australian Cricket team

Record cricket attendance: 93,013 – ODI WC Final: Australia v New Zealand, 2015

MCG, Melbourne Cricket Ground
The one and only MCG.

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