Local businesses benefit from new pourage rights at Manuka Oval

Manuka Oval Pourage Rights Announcement 2020

Local businesses benefit from new pourage rights at Manuka Oval

Spectators at Manuka Oval this summer will be able to experience a taste of Canberra at the venue, with local brewers BentSpoke and Capital Brewing Co signing on under new pourage rights across the eight matches.

It represents a major milestone for the local brewers, making it easier for spectators to support two of Canberra’s best local businesses at Manuka Oval.

In an Australian first, the two local brewers have been awarded pourage rights at Manuka Oval alongside multinational Lion, instead of exclusive rights being granted to a single supplier.

Spectators now have a wider choice of local and national brands during Canberra’s summer of cricket.

BentSpoke will supply the Beer Garden and an outlet behind the scoreboard, Capital Brewing will operate outlets on both sides of the Menzies Terrace and Lion will service the Mid-Wicket Deck and an outlet on the western side of the oval.

Spectators who are legally able to drink alcohol can now responsibly enjoy an excellent selection of quality beers and ciders.

Canberrans are reminded to drink in moderation, observe physical distancing requirements and follow the venue’s COVID Safe guidelines.

The supply term applies to the 2020/2021 summer cricket season.

Richard Watkins

Richard Watkins – Founder of BentSpoke holds up two local brews


The Federal Government has endorsed advice to introduce further social distancing measures.

This includes the requirement that non-essential organised outdoor public gatherings of more than 500 people and indoor gatherings of 100 people should not occur. This includes, for example, gatherings in stadiums, theatres and other events where people are together in close proximity for a sustained period of time.

We want to reassure Canberrans that we are very well placed to manage the outbreak of COVID-19 here in the ACT, and we will continue to assess the implementation of public health measures in a proportionate manner. For the latest updates on COVID-19 in the ACT, visit https://health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/novel-coronavirus-covid-19


Until further notice, all sport and entertainment events at GIO Stadium, Manuka Oval, and Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) are now subject to conditions introduced by sporting codes, clubs and event promoters/owners in response to advice from the Federal and ACT Governments and ACT Health.

Venues Canberra is working with sporting codes, clubs, promoters and community groups on scheduling events in a closed stadium environment. Members and fans will not be permitted to attend upcoming sporting events until further advised.

100 days until T20 World Cup in Canberra

Today marks 100 days until Canberra hosts the first of five ICC Women’s T20 World Cup matches at Manuka Oval.

The launch was conducted this morning at Cockington Green Gardens’ iconic cricket pitch where specially designed miniatures of the Australian and English women’s cricket teams made an appearance on one of the attraction’s original and most loved installations.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 will be a first on two fronts, with the tournament being played in Australia for the first time and with the women’s competition being staged as a standalone event.
Canberrans are in for a treat with a three-day festival of cricket running from 26 to 28 February, which will feature seven of the world’s best women’s cricket teams. The Australian team, as defending T20 World Cup Champions, will take on Bangladesh in a night game on Thursday 27 February.

We ask you to show your support for this world-class cricket event at Manuka Oval that also features two double headers and will put the spotlight on Canberra through a global broadcast.
We would love nothing more than to achieve maximum capacity at Manuka Oval for a women’s sporting match for the first time in its history.


EventDateGates openTimeTickets
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – England v ThailandWednesday, 26 Feb’20TBC2:00pmTickets
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – West Indies v PakistanWednesday, 26 Feb’20TBC7:00pmTickets
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – Australia v BangladeshThursday, 27 Feb’20TBC7:00pmTickets
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – Sth Africa v ThailandFriday, 28 Feb’20TBC2:00pmTickets
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – England v PakistanFriday, 28 Feb’20TBC7:00pmTickets



Sydney Thunder to return to Canberra this summer

Sydney Thunder will return to Canberra’s Manuka Oval this summer after finalising an agreement with the ACT government to stage three Big Bash blockbusters at the venue this summer.

Thunder’s star-studded Rebel Women’s Big Bash League team, led by Australia’s vice-captain Rachael Haynes, will open Canberra’s domestic T20 summer on November 27 when it plays the Melbourne Stars.

The men’s team, captained by Callum Ferguson, will then feature in two KFC Big Bash League matches.

Thunder will play the Adelaide Strikers on Saturday December 21, and then host the Melbourne Renegades, the BBL defending champions, on Wednesday January 15.

Callum Ferguson welcomed the news, saying the support of the Canberra crowd made any match at Manuka Oval a great experience for players.

“I absolutely love playing at Manuka Oval,” he said. “We had a great win against the Hurricanes there last summer, and the crowd support was incredible.

“To be able to go back there is fantastic for the team because we do play well there and, as I said, the support from the fans is amazing.

“It’s a great venue to play at. It’s a great surface and everyone in the team really enjoys playing there.”

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr welcomed the return of the Sydney Thunder to Canberra.

“The ACT Government has been investing in Manuka Oval over a number of years to continue attracting great content like the BBL and the WBBL.

“Canberrans have shown how much they enjoy world class cricket and are excited to welcome the Thunder Nation back to the Capital for another big summer of BBL action ahead of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020.”

Sydney Thunder will maintain its ‘beyond cricket’ commitment to the ACT community, including the highly commended Thunder Leadership Program through local secondary schools.

The leadership program features a combination of cricket sessions and theory workshops with a focus on team work, leadership, decision making and problem solving.

The club will also stage its highly popular Junior Super Clinic, allowing boys and girls aged between 5-13 to meet their heroes and participate in a fun-filled afternoon of cricket activities and skill sessions.

Tickets for the Rebel WBBL and KFC BBL matches go on sale at 9.00am on Thursday 10 October at sydneythunder.com.au/tickets.

WBBL|05 and BBL|09 matches at Manuka Oval:
27 November 2019 | Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars | WBBL | 2.30pm
21 December 2019 | Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers | BBL | 6.10pm
15 January 2020 | Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades | BBL | 6.10pm