29 September 2013
We’re a nation of cricketers and cricket lovers. So, by the time the final game of the Ashes comes to Sydney from January 3-7, 2014, the term ‘sold out’ will be on everyone’s lips. In fact, tickets for the big game have been sold out since July.
If you’re one of the lucky ones with a set of tickets locked away in a secure place already, or are simply thinking of heading to the city during the Ashes weekend to share in the excitement, there are plenty of cricket-related things to do.
Start where the action is – the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). This historic arena hosts countless sporting and cultural events throughout the year, and now you can get a closer look with a behind-the-scenes tour. You’ll get to run down the Players Tunnel, check out the dressing rooms, see what the view is like from a private suite and find out what it’s like to enter into the Members Pavilion. Fans of all ages can enjoy this tour, just be sure to book in advance – and have your camera ready!
You won’t have to go far from the SCG to visit the museum in Moore Park. It’s located right next to the ground itself so makes for an easy visit if you’re looking to get the total Sydney cricket experience. It has memorabilia that has been collected since the mid-1800s, including Ricky Ponting’s 207 bat, caps from legends like Victor Trumper and Steve Waugh, right through to a selection of important cricketing documents. Tours are available running at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on Saturdays.
Get into the cricket vibe
Near the stadium and museum you’ll find a host of eateries and nightlife venues in Paddington, such as the Imperial Hotel on Oxford Street. Its spacious lounge upstairs and outdoor courtyard is the perfect spot to hang out with fellow cricket lovers and compare notes on game predictions. The pub fare is top notch; with all the burgers, pizzas and salad dishes you could ask for in a true blue Aussie bar.
Then there’s 10 William Street, also in Paddington, with its party atmosphere and impressive wine list, offering cricket lovers a great place to stop off during the season.
And if you really want to get into the Paddington scene, stop by at the Paddington Markets – on every Saturday. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of long-time locals, new residents of the city and visitors from around Australia and the globe. Pick up some locally-produced art, fruit and vege and other one-off knick-knacks. These markets were the original in arts and crafts in Sydney and as such, have built up a reputation for quality products and a friendly smile from stallholders.
Even if you can’t make it to the game, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the cricket action!