World-class cricket is headed to Australia’s Gold Coast for the first time later this year with upgrades to Metricon Stadium making it Queensland’s newest home for first-class cricket.
Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said the upgrade was another terrific legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
With its capacity expanded to 35,000, the venue hosted the opening and closing ceremonies as well as athletics events for seven days during the Games.
In a major announcement, Ms Jones said the international schedule for the 2018-19 summer of cricket will include a T20 match between Australia and South Africa at Metricon Stadium in November.
In further announcements by Cricket Australia, The Gabba will host its second day/night Test, played for the first time over the Australia Day weekend in January and India will play a T20 international against Australia at the Gabba in November.
The Australian Women’s team will also open the international season against New Zealand in a T20I at Allan Border Field in October. Ms Jones said:
Today is a great day for Queensland cricket fans. We’re investing in Metricon Stadium to bring world-class cricket to the Gold Coast because we know major events attract visitors and give a boost to the local economy.
This is another great legacy of the Games – without our investment in sporting infrastructure at Carrara, the lighting at Metricon Stadium wouldn’t have been up to standard to host elite cricket.
Not only will we see world-class cricket for the first time on the Gold Coast but we’ll see more international cricket in Brisbane at the Gabba. Our upgrades to Metricon Stadium are a great way to keep the excitement of the Games alive.
The Commonwealth Games are proof that the Gold Coast is a hub for major sporting events and I’ll continue to work with Cricket Australia to bring more world-class content to Queensland.
Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon said bringing world-class cricket to Carrara was a coup for the State Government and the Gold Coast.
Cricket is one of the most popular sports on the planet and appeals to some of the Gold Coast’s most important tourism destinations. Our commitment to securing more international cricket content for the Coast is an investment in the local tourism industry.
We know that for every dollar we invest in major events, we generate around $10 for the local economy. That’s why we’re so passionate about elite sport for the Gold Coast – we want to make sure we leverage the region’s new-found status as a hub for major events.
The Palaszczuk Government is committed to growing Queensland tourism. That’s why we’re investing an extra $170 million in this sector in this term of government.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said the Gold Coast represented an exciting opportunity to deliver on cricket’s strategic vision of delivering great experiences for fans.
As I have said previously on my visits here, the Gold Coast is at the epicentre of a rapidly growing region so it is vital that we look to complement the growth in our participation with a chance for fans to enjoy elite cricket here.
Cricket continues to look beyond its traditional boundaries by taking our game to new and exciting venues and locations.
We welcome the chance to showcase international cricket on the Gold Coast this summer and to provide even more Queensland fans with the opportunity to experience these matches in person.