Bellerive Oval (Hobart)
The Bellerive Oval is situated on the eastern shore of Hobart in Bellerive, City of Clarence.
The Bellerive Oval is situated on the eastern shore of Hobart in Bellerive, City of Clarence. In Tansmania, it is the only venue that hosts international cricket matches. The stadium drew a record crowd of 16,719 when hosts Australia played arch-rivals England in 2003.
Bellerive Oval is home to the Tasmanian Tigers. The first Test and ODI were played in 1988 and 1989 respectively at this venue. The stadium was renovated in 2002 with ultra-modern indoor nets facility, 6000-seat Southern Grandstand with a television media centre, Members Area that features press and radio media areas, as well as corporate boxes and lunch rooms, members bar, TCA admin offices and a players area.
In a bid to raise to level of infrastructure to host World Cup matches, the Bellerive Oval underwent more redevelopment in July 2013 that saw the addition of a Western stand.
In 1987, headquarters of Tasmanian cricket moved from the TCA ground on Hobart’s Queen’s Domain to the picturesque Bellerive on the eastern shore of the Derwent River. From a community-based sports field, the Bellerive Oval is today one of best boutique sporting grounds in the world.
The ground has been progressively upgraded with major redevelopment in 2000-02. The dimensions of the playing surface are 175m x 135m – a bit longer but narrower than the Melbourne Cricket Ground.