Making Entertaining Easy with Territory Venues and Events

GIO Canberra, Manuka Oval and Stromlo Forest Park

GIO Stadium Canberra, Manuka Oval and Stromlo Forest Park are Canberra’s premier venues. Each of these venues hosts events and provides facilities that greatly improve the economic, social and cultural space within Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Together with the ACT government, Territory Venues and Events helps facilitate business, sporting events and other events in Canberra. Territory Venues and Events strengthens and encourages further growth and activity in the economy and in the community through the venues it manages and the events it hosts.

General Manager of Territory Venues and Events, Liz Clarke, said she is excited to be part of such iconic venues. “From hosting cricket, rugby union, rugby league and AFL games to rock concerts, our venues provide the opportunity for Canberrans and visitors to the Nation’s Capital to experience the atmosphere and excitement of live entertainment.”

Manuka Oval
Established in the late 1920s as Canberra’s original cricket ground, Manuka Oval is one of the oldest ovals in the ACT. The facility went through a number of changes and developments over the years, but has remained the premier site for cricket and AFL events in Canberra, expanding to provide a venue and services for a number of functions and conferences.

Manuka Oval is a boutique venue, located in Griffith, ten minutes away from Parliament House and the Canberra international airport, and is adjacent to Manuka Village. Building on its rich history, the circular enclosed sports ground is set amongst heritage mature trees that define the ground, having done so since they were planted when the facility was first built.

The oval’s scoreboard, the Jack Fingleton Scoreboard, was originally located at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, dated to 1901. When the Melbourne Cricket Ground installed a new electronic scoreboard at the ground in the early 1980s the scoreboard was relocated to Manuka Oval. Jack Fingleton was an Australian opening batsman as well as a political correspondent in Canberra.

In 2012, six 47 metre high lighting structures were installed at the Oval. The curved shape design of the lighting structures is completely different from the traditional light towers at other stadiums or ovals around Australia. The total cost of the lighting project was $5.347 million.

With a seating capacity of around 15,000 the venue plays host to many local and national AFL matches, local, national and international cricket matches and the famous annual Prime Minister’s XI cricket match. Manuka Oval boasts a fantastic functions and events centre that offers both corporate and private hospitality and catering options. The Bradman Room, a venue with a 400 person capacity, overlooks the playing field and plays home to memorable experiences. “The Gema Group are our catering experts and have a range of menus to suit any occasion,” says Ms Clarke.

“We have an exciting Summer of Cricket coming to Manuka Oval,” she shares. “We lead into the Summer with a one day international on 19th November, when Australia plays South Africa. On 14th January we have the PM’s XI v England and on the 28th January we are hosting the Big Bash League Final.”

In addition, “The Cricket World Cup is coming to Canberra with three games – being Afghanistan v Bangladesh on 18th February, West Indies v Zimbabwe on 24th February and Ireland v South Africa on 3rd March,” Ms Clarke explains.

“As the home in Canberra for the AFL Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants, we are looking forward to welcoming back the Giants in 2015 with their NAB Challenge game on 22nd March and three games during the 2015 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.” For more information go to

GIO Stadium Canberra
GIO Stadium Canberra, formerly Canberra Stadium, is Canberra’s premier sports facility. Through Territory Venues and Events, the venue hosts local, national and international sporting events.

GIO Stadium Canberra is home to the Canberra Raiders, Canberra’s local National Rugby League (NRL) team since 1982, winners of three premierships (1989, 1990 and 1994).

For 2015, the Canberra Raiders have introduced some great new offerings, including: Club 82 – a new membership package in a private suite, concession pricing across all season and part-season seating categories and lots more – all information is provided on their website,

GIO Stadium Canberra is also home to the University of Canberra Brumbies, Canberra’s Super Rugby Union team – champions of the competition in 2001 and 2004 and runners-up in 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2013.

2015 will be a big year for the UC Brumbies. It is their 20th season and they will be in a strong position to vie for the Super Rugby trophy. Membership information is available on the Brumbies website – – which includes great benefits including insider information about the team, invitations to events and priority access to home finals tickets.

There is also no shortage of events to take in at GIO Canberra in the offseason. GIO Stadium Canberra will play host to Nitro Circus in the coming year and the Asia Cup in January, 2015.

It’s a summer of football in the capital with Canberra hosting six pool matches and a quarter final of the Asian Football Confederation Cup (AFC) Asian Cup in January 2015. Canberra is excited to be among the five Australian venues hosting Asia’s biggest football tournament for the first time outside of Asia. Between 10 January and 23 January 2015, GIO Stadium Canberra is the venue for seven matches including a quarter final on Friday 23 January.

“Not only will this event bring many spectators to the stadium, it will showcase the venue and the many amenities it has to offer to patrons and viewers around the world,” Ms Clarke shares.

GIO Stadium Canberra functions
Many businesses and individuals host their functions at GIO Stadium Canberra. And it’s no wonder; the venue offers free accessible parking, unrivalled views and superior hospitality. It is equipped for small to large meetings, conferences, training workshops, product launches, presentations, cocktail events and gala dinners. Available rooms include: the West and East Lounges, Rugby Lounge and Long Room, Club Stadium and Corporate Suites.

Each room varies in terms of capacity and view, but one thing is consistent across GIO Stadium Canberra’s offerings: it provides exceptional catering and services provided by the Gema Group, with the event organisation’s expertise to host local, national and international events. Book a site inspection and see for yourself all that the facility has to offer. For more information go to

Stromlo Forest Park
Stromlo Forest Park is a world-class, multi-use, recreational sporting facility available to both recreational and professional users.

The Park boasts a purpose built event pavilion, criterium cycling circuit, grass cross country running track and mountain bike tracks to suit any level of rider. Stromlo Forest Park also has various trails suitable for equestrian riders, runners and walkers keen on exploring the Canberra countryside.

“In 2009 we hosted the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships that attracted more than 30,000 visitors from up to 40 countries,” says Ms Clarke. “The event involved more than 750 of the world’s top riders who competed in the four mountain bike disciplines of cross country, downhill, four cross and observed trials.”

Stromlo Forest Park has a highly developed network of marked mountain bike trails ranging from easy International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) graded Green to Double Black Diamond sections. The trails are centred around Mt Stromlo, one of Canberra’s most visible landmarks and only a 10 minute drive from the centre of the city.

Stromlo Forest Park serves as a community facility that has played host to a number of events, competitions and activities. Officially opened in 2007, the world-class multi-use sporting facility boasts 1.2 kilometres of road criterium cycling circuit, 2.5 kilometres of grass cross country running track, a network of equestrian trails, over forty kilometres of mountain bike trails and a multi-purpose event pavilion.

Whether it is the facilities at Stromlo Forest Park, Manuka Oval or GIO Stadium Canberra, Territory Venues and Events is helping to highlight the vibrancy, accessibility and energy of Canberra with world-class sporting events and access to state of the art facilities and technology.

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