12 Nov 2018
Sydney Olympic Park will become the home of cricket in NSW after the state government and Cricket NSW announced that a new $50 million high-performance Centre of Excellence will be built in the precinct at Wilson Park.
The government has committed $30 million towards the construction of the centre alongside the Parramatta River, to be funded from future property development projects within Sydney Olympic Park.
The Centre of Excellence will include a full-size oval, new cricket centre with indoor and outdoor nets and the offices of Cricket NSW.
It will also provide a new home for both the men’s and women’s Sydney Thunder T20 teams and house training and playing facilities for club and community cricketers from across Sydney.
“Cricket has been part of our homes for longer than we can remember but it has never had its own home in NSW, today that changes,” Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive Officer Andrew Jones said: “This is a landmark day for NSW Cricket. NSW produces the best cricketers, male and female, in Australia and they will now have the best facility in Australia to train.”
Detailed design work for the project will now begin and construction is expected to be complete by mid-2022. In the meantime Cricket NSW will move from its current location at Moore Park into temporary headquarters at Sydney Olympic Park in early 2019.