It has been announced that Geelong will be an official host city for the Men’s ICC World T20 held in October/November 2020.
Further bolstering Geelong’s standing as Australia’s leading regional events city, Kardinia Park Stadium will host 6 group matches in what will be the first time the ICC World T20 has been held in Australia.
With more people watching cricket than ever before, the announcement is a massive boost for Geelong. Thousands of people are expected to visit the region to catch all the colour and excitement that T20 Cricket brings.
“We welcome this significant opportunity to host another world class sporting event here in Geelong. Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy said. We’ve had very positive feedback on the quality of our sporting facilities at Kardinia Park and to be able to continue to grow our reputation as a preferred host for major sporting events is fantastic for the Geelong community.”
Kardinia Park Stadium has established itself in recent years as Australia’s regional home of Cricket with the Australian, Sri Lankan and West Indies national teams having all played under the Stadiums iconic light towers.
Earlier this year, the Big Bash League played its first-ever game for points in Geelong. The Double Header between the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixes saw over 23,500 fans flock to the Stadium, winning critical acclaim from players, media and spectators alike.
Over the last 12 years, the Kardinia Park Stadium has been upgraded to become a world-class venue, which now has even more power to lure the best of the best to Geelong.
“This is why we’re turning Kardinia Park into the best sporting Stadium in regional Australia – to bring the greatest athletes and teams to Geelong. The redevelopment means that world-class sporting events have a home right here in Geelong, and as a local, there’s nothing that makes me prouder than that.” Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said.
Michael Brown, CEO of the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust welcomed this morning’s announcement.
“Kardinia Park is the best regional stadium in Australia and we are thrilled to once again showcase Geelong and Kardinia Park Stadium to the world.”
“We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the State Government of Victoria, Visit Victoria and the City of Greater Geelong in securing this amazing event.”