Manuka Oval

Manuka Oval is a sporting venue in Canberra, the capital of Australia. It is located in Griffith, in the area of that suburb known as Manuka. Manuka Oval has a seating capacity of 13,550 people and an overall capacity of 16,000 people, although this is lower for some sports depending on the configuration used.[1][2] The area on which the ground is situated has been used for sport since the early 20th century, but was only enclosed in 1929. It has since undergone several redevelopments, most recently beginning in 2011.

Manuka Oval
The Menzies, Bradman and Hawke stands
(left to right), pictured in 2006
Former namesManuka Circle Park (before enclosed)
LocationGriffith, Australian Capital Territory (Map)
Coordinates35°19′5″S 149°08′5″E
OwnerACT Government
OperatorTerritory Venues and Events
Capacity16,000 (overall)[1]
13,550 (seated)[2]
12,000 (cricket)[3]
Record attendance15,807 (1985, Prime Minister's XI v. West Indies)[4]
Field size167.5 x 138.2 m
SurfaceLegend (cricket square) Santa Ana (outfield)
ScoreboardJack Fingleton Scoreboard
Broke ground1926
Built1929 (enclosed)
Ground information
End names
Pool End
Manuka End
International information
Only Test1–4 February 2019:
 Australia v  Sri Lanka
First ODI10 March 1992:
 South Africa v  Zimbabwe
Last ODI2 December 2020:
 Australia v  India
First T20I5 November 2019:
 Australia v  Pakistan
Last T20I14 October 2022:
 Australia v  England
Only women's Test27–30 January 2022:
 Australia v  England
First WODI7 December 1988:
 Australia v  New Zealand
Last WODI3 February 2022:
 Australia v  England
First WT20I16 January 2011:
 Australia v  England
Last WT20I28 February 2020:
 England v  Pakistan
As of 29 January 2023
Source: Cricinfo

Currently, Manuka Oval is primarily used for cricket (during the summer months) and Australian rules football (during the winter months). The ground was previously also used for rugby league and rugby union matches, but there are now more suitable venues in Canberra for those sports. As a cricket ground, Manuka Oval is the home venue for the ACT Comets (men's) and the ACT Meteors (women's) teams, and has also hosted a number of international matches, including at the 1992 and 2015 World Cups. As an Australian rules football ground, Manuka Oval's primary tenant is the Eastlake Football Club, which plays in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL). Australian Football League (AFL) games are played at the ground on a semi-regular basis. The Greater Western Sydney Giants have used the oval as a secondary home ground since the club entered the AFL in 2012 and AFL Women's in 2017. Other AFL clubs had previously hosted games at the venue, most notably the North Melbourne Football Club from 1998 to 2006.

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