01 April 2019

Jane McGrath Day and SCG shortlisted for SBA

Jane McGrath Day at the New Year’s Test has been shortlisted for Event of the Year at the 2019 Stadium Business Awards.

The Stadium Business Awards recognise the achievements of leading stadia, venues, and staff around the globe.

Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds Chief Executive, Kerrie Mather said the charity partnership had raised more than $9 million in the past decade.

“Through 11 years of partnership with the McGrath Foundation and Cricket Australia, we have grown the annual fundraiser on day three of the New Year’s Test into one of the most significant in world sport,” Ms Mather said.

“Each year, our staff combine their efforts to continue a tradition that started in the SCG members reserve and is now embraced by the entire sporting community.

“I am proud of the continued support shown by SCG members, staff to Jane’s legacy and the annual success of this event.”

The 2019 New Year’s Test was attended by over 120,000 fans, with more than $1.3 million raised to fund nine McGrath Foundation breast care nurses for one year. The McGrath Foundation recruits a massive army of volunteers to raise money throughout the Test match.

Spectators turn the Sydney Cricket Ground into a sea of pink on day three, while both Test teams wear special edition pink cricket caps. The SCG’s heritage-listed Ladies Pavilion is renamed the Jane McGrath Stand for the day and this year, the SCG’s craft beer supplier 4Pines also brewed a pink ale, with 50 cents from each beer sold donated to the foundation.

In addition, Cricket Australia included pink logos on the players’ shirts, merchandise, pink stumps and signage around the ground.

Holly Masters, CEO of the McGrath Foundation said: “Thanks to organisations such as Cricket Australia and the Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds we have funded more than 130 McGrath breast care nurses and have supported tens of thousands of families.”

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer Kevin Roberts said: “Every year we're overwhelmed by the support the Pink Test generates for the McGrath Foundation. From the two teams taking part in the Test, to the thousands of fans who bathe the SCG in pink, the cricket community should feel proud of the positive difference they make to people touched by breast cancer.”

The SCG has won five Stadium Business Awards:

  • 2016 Venue Technology Award – Allianz Stadium interconnected solution (Superscreens, IPTV and app)
  • 2015 Sports Event of the Year – Major League Baseball Opening Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the LA Dodgers (2014)
  • 2015 Project of the Year – MA Noble, Don Bradman and Dally Messenger stand redevelopment
  • 2013 Sport Event of the Year – 100th Test match at the SCG in 2012
  • 2012 Team Player of the Year – Caron Lefever (staff)

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held in Manchester, UK in June 2019.

Full list of Short List can be viewed by clicking here: https://www.stadiumbusinesssummit.com/2019-finalists-announced/

Jane McGrath Day and the McGrath Foundation

Jane McGrath is the late wife of Australian cricketing great, Glenn McGrath and the co-founder of the McGrath Foundation. Her public experience with breast cancer and the impact of her own breast care nurse set her commitment and the mission for the Foundation: to ensure that every family experiencing breast cancer would have access to a breast care nurse no matter where they lived – for free. For more information visit www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au

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