Construction of the new Northern Stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground has reached new milestones ahead of its public opening during the Ashes cricket Test between Australia and England on 3 January 2014. SCG Trust General Manager Major Projects, Piers Thompson, said:
With the commencement of the Level 2 concrete pours, the construction is now moving skywards providing a greater visual impact for fans and Members coming to the SCG.
In recent weeks, the first concrete pours to Level 2 have been conducted while a new 273 metre squared video screen, the largest at a sporting ground in Australia, is now completed and operational. Some 3,000 concourse seats have been installed for Sydney Swans home AFL competition matches and the project also saw the refurbishment of Light Tower 1.
Over 85 per cent of the basement slabs have been completed allowing the fit-out and installation of services such as plumbing, electrical, fire and mechanical services.
Level 2 will accommodate the new members Sports Bar and will have sweeping views down the SCG towards the Victor Trumper and Churchill Stands to the south of the ground.
The new 48,000 capacity Stand (as yet un-named) replaces the Noble Stand (circa 1936), the Bradman Stand (circa 1973) and the Messenger Stand (circa 1984).