05 June 2019

Jane McGrath Day wins Stadium Business Award

The 2019 Pink Test - Jane McGrath Day at the Sydney Cricket Ground has won Event of the Year at the global Stadium Business Awards in Manchester, England last night.

The Event of the Year is awarded to the best sports or non-sports event, guest event, concert or one-off spectacle held at a major sports venue in the past 12 months.

Jane McGrath Day has become a national phenomenon with the SCG and wider cricket community turning pink in support of those experiencing breast cancer as well to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation.

From pink beer, pink stumps to a pink Ladies High Tea, the 2019 Sydney Test saw the SCG raise more than $1.3 million to fund nine McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurses.

This year’s Stadium Business Award is the seventh for the Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds, the most of any Australian venue.

“Jane McGrath Day is the ultimate example of the contribution sport makes to Australian society,” SCG CEO Kerrie Mather said.

“Millions of dollars have been raised since it started in the SCG members enclosure and now it takes over the cricketing world on day three of what is Sydney’s largest annual sporting event, the New Year’s Test.

“The day also shows what can be achieved as a result of the partnership between the SCG, Cricket Australia and the McGrath Foundation where we worked very closely months out from the Test to realise the joint goal of supporting our community.

“I congratulate Kevin Roberts at CA and Holly Masters at the McGrath Foundation as well as the ongoing commitment of Glenn and his family to continue Jane’s legacy.”

The McGrath Foundation and Cricket Australia were delighted that the 2019 Pink Test - Jane McGrath Day at the Sydney Cricket Ground had been recognised globally.

McGrath Foundation CEO Holly Masters said: “From the fans all dressed in pink, to the players and the wider cricketing community, we’re so honoured that the positive difference made by the Pink Test to fund McGrath breast care nurses to support individuals and families affected by breast cancer has been recognised on an international scale. 

"The McGrath Foundation’s partnership with the SCG and Cricket Australia is a shining example of how sport and charity brings together the cricketing community for the greater good.”

“The ‘Pink’ Test has become synonymous with giving back to the community with our players, partners and fans all doing their part to ensure the life-changing work of the McGrath Foundation continues well into the future,” said Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts.

“Cricket Australia is tremendously proud to be associated with this internationally renowned event and to work with the SCG Trust and the McGrath Foundation on one of the highlights of the Australian international summer of cricket.”

Other finalists in the Event of the Year category included:

  • MultiSport Expo at Kazan Arena, Russia
  • CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup Final (River Plate v Boca Juniors) at the Bernabéu, Madrid
  • 2018 HSBC Sevens at Cape Town Stadium
  • ‘Give Gift of Football/Come Home This Christmas’ – Boxing Day Game at Stadium of Light (Sunderland AFC)
  • Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Finals Watch Party at Capital One Arena
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