Well this is a bit of a turn up for the books.
The Sydney Cricket Ground Trust has made a surprise appearance on New South Wales’ most violent venues list – meaning it now faces the some of the same restrictions as Sydney’s most violent pubs.
The Trust incorporates both the Sydney Cricket Ground, and the next-door Allianz Stadium, and their appearance marks the first time a sporting venue has made the list. It comes after the grounds recorded 12 violent incidents over the past 12 months.
The 12 violent incidents at the ground included four during NRL games, three which occurred during the Cricket, two during rugby games, two during AFL matches, and one during a soccer match.
The Trust’s inclusion means both stadiums are subject to Level 2 licensing restrictions, meaning it will be forced to cease alcohol service 30 minutes prior to closing, as well as maintaining an incident register during trading hours, and a ban on serving drinks in glass containers.
Though the conditions are mandatory, it’s unlikely that they will affect regular service, as the venues already implement similar policies.
In related news, Sydney has a new most violent venue, with Home Nightclub overtaking The Ivy for the unenviable mantle, having recorded 19 violent incidents over the past financial year.
The most violent venue in the state remains the Plantation Hotel in Coffs Harbour, which recorded 21 violent incidents in the 12 month period.
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