Brisbane's iconic sportsground. The Brisbane Cricket Ground is better known across Australia as "The Gabba", a name which comes from the suburb of Woolloongabba in which the ground is situated. The Gabba dates back to 1895, when the land was designated as the site for a cricket ground. The first event conducted at The Gabba was a cricket match between Parliament and the Press on 19th December 1896. The result was a tie (61 runs each). The Gabba is today the home ground for the Brisbane Lions AFL team and the Queensland Bulls national cricket team. The largest crowd ever to assemble here was 47,096 at the Second Rugby League Test, Australia v Great Britain, 3rd July 1954.
Test cricket was first played at the ground in November 1931, the first Test of the series between Australia and South Africa. In December 1960, Test cricket's first-ever Tied Test took place at the ground when Richie Benaud's Australian team tied with Frank Worrell's West Indian side. Queensland clinched its first-ever Sheffield Shield title with victory over South Australia in the final at the ground in March 1995.
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Australian football has a long association with the ground. The Queensland Football League (a precursor to AFL Queensland) played matches at The Gabba from 1905 to 1914, 1959 to 1971, and in the late 1970s and early 1980s. AFLQ matches resumed in 1993 as curtain-raiser events to AFL games, along with occasional AFLQ Grand Finals. Interstate games, including the 1961 national carnival have also been played there, as was a demonstration game during the 1982 Commonwealth Games. In 1991 the Gabba was host to Queensland's only victory over a Victorian side.
Contact: (07) 3008 6166. Location: Vulture Street, Woolloongabba. How to get there: by rail, to Vulture Street station on the Beenleigh line, walk along Vulture St.