Sydney Cricket Ground Members Stand is one of Australia’s most famous sporting venues. It is a versatile venue which hosts not only cricket but Australian rules football, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, baseball, cycling, and major concerts. During your visit you can take a tour of the ground, see behind the scenes, explore sporting history in the museum and maybe meet the resident ghost!
In 1811 Governor Macquarie proclaimed Sydney’s second Common, an area of 1000 acres.The establishment of the Sydney Cricket Ground dates from 1854 when matches were played there by members of the Military from Victoria Barracks. From 1876 all major cricket matches were played at these grounds. The earliest grandstands date from around the turn of the century when four grandstands were constructed. Of these, only the Members Stand and the Lady Members Stand survive. The Members Stand is a large two level grandstand built c1900 and designed by architect, J. Kirkpatrick. The stand incorporates an earlier three storey stuccoed brick club room at the rear.
From 1920 to 1937, the dominant visual elements of the (adjacent) Sydney Showground complex by this time were the peripheral walls. The iconic Members’ Stand clock tower and tower of the Anthony Hordern Building Like the Members Stand, the Lady Members Stand is an elegant two level grandstand constructed of cast iron and with an extensive three storey members’ room at the rear (Heritage Branch Report, 1984). The (adjacent) Sydney Showground was the venue for the first Ashes Test held on Australian soil. It was also used for World Series Cricket matches during the late 1970s when the Sydney Cricket Ground was unavailable.