Newcastle Number 1 Sports Ground

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No. 1 Sports Ground
No. 1 Sports Ground
Ground information
LocationNewcastle, New South Wales
Establishment1876 [1]
OwnerNewcastle District Cricket Association
OperatorCricket NSW
TenantsNew South Wales
Newcastle City Sabres(1854-present) Newcastle City Australian Football Club (1883-present)
End names
Parry Street End
National Park End
International information
As of August 19, 2014
Source: No. 1 Sports Ground

Number 1 Sports Ground is a multi-use stadium located in Newcastle, New South Wales, and has a nominated capacity of approximately 20,000.


It is currently used mostly for cricket matches, located within National Park. The ground first hosted First-class cricket in 1981 when New South Wales played Queensland. Ground was for many years a stopover on the tour itinerary for many visiting teams as they faced the Northern New South Wales XI. In 1981/82 the ground was allocated a Sheffield Shield match when the SCG was unavailable, and healthy crowds saw No.1 then become host to at least one first-class fixture per year.[3]

Newcastle District Cricket Association also use the Sports Ground for 1st grade matches. It is used primarily for the grand final held every March. In March 2009, Belmont DCC defeated Toronto Workers Kookaburras at the ground to win the premiership.[4]

As of 2014, 20 First-class matches had been played at the ground, the last in 2009.[5] The ground will play host to a match between New South Wales Blues against Western Australia Warriors in Sheffield Shield played from February 25 to 28 .

Other Sports[edit]

No. 1 Sports Ground is currently used for Australian rules football, cricket and rugby league and has been used for athletics, rugby union and association football at various times. It also hosts the local rugby league and Australian rules football grand finals each year, and is currently used as a home ground by the Newcastle City Australian rules football and cricket clubs.


From 2018 onwards, concerts associated with the Supercars Championship motor racing event, the Newcastle 500, have been held at the venue. Two forthcoming concerts are scheduled there: a Simple Minds concert on 24 November 2018 as part of their "Walk Between Worlds Tour" and a Kiss concert on 23 November 2019 as part of their One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour.[6].

Attendance records[edit]

Top 5 Sports Attendance Records

No. Date Teams Sport Competition Crowd
1 7 February 2007 New South Wales v. South Australia Cricket T20 10,652
2 12 March 2005 Sydney Swans v. Collingwood Magpies Australian rules football AFL (preseason) 5,002
3 24 October 2004 New South Wales v. Tasmania Cricket ING Cup 3,816
4 13 March 2004 Sydney Swans v. Essendon Bombers Australian rules football AFL (preseason) 3,405
5 18 March 2006 Sydney Swans v. St Kilda Saints Australian rules football AFL (preseason) 3,203

Last updated on the 13 of July 2014


  1. ^ Other matches played
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Venues confirmed for 2003-04 domestic season
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "First-Class Matches Played on No 1 Sports Ground, Newcastle". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  6. ^

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Coordinates: 32°55′53″S 151°45′48″E / 32.93139°S 151.76333°E / -32.93139; 151.76333 Starting in the 2009 season, the no 1 Sports ground is also hosting Football (Soccer), as home ground to the inner city's top football club, Cooks Hill United who compete in the ID2 regional competition.