Manuka Oval
Manuka Oval is a 13,550 capacity ground (however the capacity can be exceed, 10,000 seated ) located in the suburb of Griffith, adjacent to Manuka, a business district of Canberra, Australia's capital. The stadium is home to many events throughout the year, including cricket matches in the summer months and Australian rules football matches in the winter months. Work began on Manuka Oval to erect a fence, along with other improvements made in 1929. The field had previously been used to casually play rugby league and Australian rules football. The first cricket pitch was played on in April 1930. In 2004, Manuka Oval celebrated the 75th anniversary of its formal establishment.

Sports Played

Cricket
The first cricket match to be played at the oval was on Easter Monday (13 April) 1930. The Prime Minister's XI is played at the oval each year, and in 1992 the ground hosted a One Day International between South Africa and Zimbabwe, as part of the 1992 Cricket World Cup. It's also home to the Canberra Comets who played in the Mercantile Mutual Cup from the 1997/98 season to the 1999/2000 season, they now play in the Futures League. Manuka is looking to host a Test match in the year 2013 to celebrate Canberra's 100th anniversary, it would likely be against India or New Zealand. Manuka Oval held its second ODI on 12 February 2008 between India and Sri Lanka. In 2009 the ground hosted two games in the Women's World Cup.

Australian Rules Football
The stadium was a home venue to the Kangaroos, a Melbourne based club in the Australian Football League who played three games at the ground each year. However 2006 was the final year with the Kangaroos playing at Manuka after playing games in Canberra since 1998, this is because they have agreed to play games on the Gold Coast instead of Canberra. The record crowd was set in 2006 when 14,922 people came to watch the Kangaroos play the Sydney Swans. Brent Harvey was the only player to have played all 18 AFL games featuring the Kangaroos played at Manuka. It was announced on 16 August 2006 that the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs would play one premiership match each, from 2007”“2009, all games were played against the Sydney Swans. The ground will only host one AFL regular season fixture in 2010 and 2011 between the Western Bulldogs and the Sydney Swans. From 2012 onwards the Greater Western Sydney Giants will play four games a year at the ground. Manuka also hosts games in the AFL Canberra competition including all finals.

Other
Manuka has also hosted Rugby league on 29 May 2001 with the Canberra Raiders moving their game to the ground because the ACT Brumbies were playing the Super 12 Final on the same night at Bruce Stadium. The Canberra Kookaburras ( Rugby union) played their home games at Manuka Oval when they competed in the Sydney competition from 1995 until they were kicked out in 2000. The Canberra team rejoined the competition in 2004 as the Canberra Vikings and played their home games at Viking Park instead, but were kicked out again after the 2005 season. The Canberra Vikings made a return to Manuka Oval in 2007 for the Australian Rugby Championship and played three of their four home games at the ground, the other game was played at Canberra Stadium, however the competition was scrapped by the Australian Rugby Union at the end of the year. Hockey was also played at Manuka Oval until the National Hockey Centre was built.

Ground amenities
A two-storey curator's residence is attached to the oval. It was built in the 1930s in the style typically used by the Federal Capital Commission. The oval's scoreboard, the Jack Fingleton Scoreboard, was originally located at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, dated to 1901, however as the Melbourne Cricket Ground installed a new electronic scoreboard at the ground in the early 1980s the scoreboard was relocated to Manuka oval. The scoreboard was named after Jack Fingleton, who had recently passed away at the time of installation at Manuka, who was an Australian opening batsman as well as a political correspondent in Canberra and prolific author.

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