Queen Elizabeth Oval

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Queen Elizabeth Oval
QEO
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Main stand at Queen Elizabeth Oval
Full name Queen Elizabeth II Oval
Former names Upper Reserve (?-1953)
Location Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates 36°45′20″S 144°16′32″E / 36.755644°S 144.275562°E / -36.755644; 144.275562
Field size 168 m x 124 m (Australian rules football)
Surface Grass
Construction
Renovated 2011
Tenants
Bendigo Football Club (VFL, 1998-2014)
Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup)
South Bendigo Football Club (BFL)
Sandhurst Football Club (BFL)
Bendigo & District Cricket Association
Queen Elizabeth Oval is located in City of Bendigo
Queen Elizabeth Oval
Location of Queen Elizabeth Oval in Bendigo area

Queen Elizabeth Oval is a sports stadium located in Bendigo, Australia primarily used for Australian rules football and cricket.

History[edit]

Cricket[edit]

The Oval, originally known as Upper Reserve, hosted touring cricket teams as early as 1897.[1]

The ground hosted two World Series Cricket exhibition matches in 1977 and 1979.[1]

During the 1990s one List A and two first-class matches were held at the ground.[2][3]

Australian rules football[edit]

Bendigo Football League (BFL) teams Sandhurst and South Bendigo play home games at the stadium. The ground is also used for BFL finals series.

The oval hosted the Bendigo Football Club throughout its time in the Victorian Football League (VFL), from 1998 until 2014.

Other uses[edit]

In 1988 the oval hosted an international soccer match between Australia and New Zealand.[4] The venue is also used every year for a reward ceremony for the Australian weetbix fun run where many famous Australian athletes show up to give out awards. The venue also played host to the Rugby sevens competition at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games.[5]

Facilities[edit]

On 29 February 2008, at an NAB Challenge Cup game under lights, there was a blackout in the final quarter.[6]

In 2011 the ground was redeveloped at a cost of A$2.2m. The upgrade included a new terraced seating section, capable of holding 900 people, the installation of all-weather grass, lighting being upgraded to Australian Football League (AFL) standard, and a new electronic scoreboard and big screen being installed. Asbestos in the grandstand was also removed.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Other matches played on Queen Elizabeth II Oval, Bendigo". CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "List A Matches played on Queen Elizabeth II Oval, Bendigo". CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Queen Elizabeth II Oval, Bendigo". CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "International Soccer Australia v New Zealand" (PDF). National Sports Museum. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Games Program". 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games Committee. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  6. ^ QEO left in the dark - Local News - News - General - The Advertiser
  7. ^ Scopelianos, Sarah (1 June 2011). "QEO set for rival showdown". Weekly Times Now. News Limited. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 

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