Victorian cricket finally has a dedicated home they can be proud of, thanks to the Victorian Government’s redevelopment of St Kilda’s iconic Junction Oval.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Member for Albert Park Martin Foley and representatives from Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria officially opened the new venue, ahead of the first Sheffield Shield game to be played at the revamped ground between Victoria and New South Wales.
The Victorian Cricket and Community Centre features new headquarters for Cricket Victoria, high performance facilities, and new medical and rehabilitation areas for our elite cricket teams.
The ground and complex can be used for cricket all-year round, meaning cricket and football will never again clash at the MCG.
Junction Oval will host Premier Cricket Club, St Kilda, Sheffield Shield matches for the champion Bushrangers, and matches for our Victorian women’s team the VicSpirit.
The Centre will be a cricket hub for the community with education facilities for visiting schools, while also recognising the importance and history of indigenous cricket to the site.
The upgrade has also given Junction Oval the power to lure and host international fixtures. It’s already locked in group games for the women’s ICC World T20, when the tournament comes to Australia for the first time in 2020.
The Government proudly delivered $25 million towards the $40 million Victorian Cricket and Community Centre at Junction Oval, with Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria pitching in the rest.
Source: Vic Government