The Gabba and cricket

Affectionately known as the GABBA, the Brisbane Cricket ground,  home to the Brisbane Lions… is an iconic sporting field in Australia.

On this night, my son and I are venturing to watch a short, newly introduced, cricket game.

It’s called twenty twenty cricket (20 overs each team), or the BIG BASH LEAGUE. It is like speed cricket. Really good if you like seeing a result in sport. It’s especially good in a sport like cricket, which has BIG history as a sport but it typically played over 5 days. Even one-day games require a whole day.

The 20-20 big bash is a perfect family sport. Hard hitting, big knocking, smacking a hard red ball around a BIG part. The Gabba is perfect for the fun, action packed game.

Kids love it and as a parent it is pretty awesome too.

The Gabba (affectionately nick-named after Wooloongabbba – the suburb which is in located in) is a Queensland icon. It is very central to the city – a little too so. Fortunately free public transport moves people in, and out really quickly.

The food is average. I find a cafe/coffee house that had a salad which was pretty good value and reasonably priced. The “other food” is rubbish. Hot dogs, chips, pies RUBBISH! I do struggle to understand the blatant opportunity of sporting venues to drive home how important nutrition is to our youth… but now I sound like a wailing nutritionist who cares…

There is beer on hand, wine is much harder to find. Which suits me as it is a coffee and salad night for me with my son.

We decided to stay at Southbank, and I would love to recommend the hotel, but I can’t. There are plenty though, and for those of us who don’t live in Brisbane, coming in the after noon, going to the art gallery , walking along Southbank, then the Gabba, makes for a great day!

The game of 20-20 cricket is excellent.

Great entertainment with lots happening.

The pitch (where the sporting action happens) is non stop.

The crowd there for a good time which means an electric atmosphere.

The facilities, views, and access to toilets, exits etc exceptional.

I like the Gabba. It has a really good vibe!

 

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