ANZ Stadium pushes for World Cup match hosting
Sydney: The first of the two Twenty20 matches between India and Australia at the ANZ Stadium on February 1 here may well decide where the 2015 World Cup final is held.
While the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) tops the favourites list on the basis of it`s enormous capacity, the new look Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is making a strong push to claim the tournament`s biggest match.
With the World Cup matches still to be allocated, Cricket New South Wales (NSW) feels the former Olympic venue may turn out to be the game breaker.
They are expecting a crowd of more than 60,000 for the upcoming encounter at the stadium, which can accommodate around 80,000 spectators, to strengthen their claim.
"If we can get 60,000-plus on Wednesday night to show Cricket Australia we can get crowds like that for the World Cup, ANZ might position itself for World Cup matches as well as T20s," Cricket NSW chief executive Dave Gilbert told the `Sydney Morning Herald`.
"The MCG up to now has had pretty much carte blanche to get those big events because of capacity.”
"We believe that ANZ filled with 80,000 people, the actual ticket yield could be better than the MCG at 90,000.”
"By getting this (Twenty20) match under way it shows there is another player in the market," Gilbert added.
While the SCG remains one of the best centres in the country following the redevelopment of its imminent Bradman Stand, its incapacity to host more than 50,000 may prove to be a hurdle in securing the title clash.
The record number of spectators to watch a day`s play in NSW is just above 58,000 at the SCG during an Ashes tour way back in 1928.
However, Gilbert expects to breach that record as the ANZ Stadium continues its push as a T20 venue.
The 2015 World event will be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand.