The Ashes 2017. The eagerly anticipated Ashes series gets underway at The Gabba as Australia and England lock horns once again. Who will gain the upper hand in the opening match of the series?
luke armstrong currently at gabba
Nice ground, most cricket fans like a drink, but the ones here don't actually seem to have a sense of humour or watch the game. Nicest stewards and security of any ground I've been to, so there's a definite plus point, also they let you out at breaks so you can nip to the pub :)
One of the best grounds in the world
I attended a Brisbane Lions game last night at the Gabba. We arrived at the game by bus at the Gabba bus station. This is by far the easiest way to get there on time. Not sure how congested the streets were for traffic but the public transport was free because it is included in the ticket price. A short walk from the bus stop and we were in our section searching for seats. The ticket also gives free public transport home again - so very good value. We had tickets for the cheapest area where seats are just $27. Seats were unallocated so it was a case of first-in best dressed. We were early enough to get good seats just 5 rows back from the fence but there were some cheeky individuals who strolled in 5 minutes before play started and found good seats too. Seating was comfortable. The venue was well managed with helpful, almost friendly, attendants and alert-looking security guards. The rise in the height of the seats from the pitch is fairly gradual so the view of the action has the potential to be limited by taller patrons sitting immediately in front of you. I am fairly tall myself so this was less of a hindrance to me. Still, when the 'taller' patrons in front of us left the view of the action increased perceptibly. We decided not to partake in the on-site cups of beer and warm pies, instead making the most of a local hotel half a block from the entrance. A mighty effort and fine atmosphere here, but this is subject for a different review. The crowd numbers were slightly lower than I expected with just 20000 fans making it to the game. A local vs local team might have brought more patrons in and I expect the atmosphere would have benefited from slightly more rigorous support of the players. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable evening of competitive sport. I think we did quite well for the price but we certainly benefited from arriving early.