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Published April 14th 2015
Behind the scenes of Australia's sporting history
You don't have to be an elite sportsperson to experience the thrill of stepping foot on to the Sydney Cricket Ground or Allianz Stadium. By joining the SCG Tour Experience you can walk in the footsteps of sporting legends. Here are my top 5 reasons that you should buy a ticket.
1. To walk on to the Sydney Cricket Ground It is a special moment walking down the green carpet from the Members Pavilion, just as the Australian Cricket team does, through the small gate and on to the historic turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground.
In the footsteps of legends - walking on to the SCG
While the stands are empty and there is no cheering from the crowd, you can still imagine the excitement if you were on the field to play for your country. With a capacity of only 48 000 it is an intimate venue for the sporting elite. This ground was first used for cricket in the 1850s, and became known as the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1894. In 1938 the Empire Games were held here. Imagine being in the stands for the Opening Ceremony or when Decima Norman triumphed over her competition to win 5 gold medals. Apart from cricket during the summer months, the ground is also home to the Sydney Swans AFL team during winter.
Even today the cricket pitch is still prepared in the traditional way. It is a high scoring ground popular with players as it usually gets a result. You definitely get a sense of the traditions and history as you look around at the stands - some of which are heritage listed.
2. Your personal invitation to the Members Pavilion Dating back to 1886, the Members Pavilion is heritage listed. It includes the dressing rooms of the home and away teams, the Long Bar, Members dining room and function rooms. You get to see inside the dressing rooms, sit at the tables where the elite cricketers have sat. Check out the official (and unoffical honours boards) and the sporting memorabilia. You can go in to the locker rooms and pretend you are getting changed next to Michael Clarke, or sitting on the old bench where Sir Donald Bradman may have sat.
3. Soak up Australian sporting history On the Walk of Honour you can read about various sporting legends from the worlds of cricket, rugby league, rugby union, track & field & soccer. There are also 10 life size bronze sculptures by Basil Sellars throughout the Stadiums honouring the greats of cricket, rugby union, AFL and rugby league, including Richie Benaud, Dally Messenger, Paul Kelly and Ken Catchpole.
Don't miss the SCG Museum with its archival collection of photographs and memorabilia including one of Donald Bradman's cricket bats and his baggy green.
4. Discover new vantage points behind the scenes in the Bradman and Noble Stands Sitting alongside the heritage listed Members Pavilion are the brand new Noble and Bradman grandstands offering fans numerous food stores, bars, Wi-Fi and Q-hopping technology. On the tour you can go behind the scenes and see the superior view from the writers / press room and have a look inside one of the commentary boxes.
Check out the dressing rooms and then walk down the ramp and on to the Stadium. This Stadium was built in 1988 for the bicentennial. It is home to the Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC and also houses the biggest screens in the Southern Hemisphere.