Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism
Adelaide Oval will host an ICC World T20 men’s semi-final in 2020, as well as six Super12 matches, as the international cricket tournament heads Down Under for the first time.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell today joined South Australian Cricket Association Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw at Adelaide Oval to announce the Adelaide matches, which are expected to pump $50 million into the South Australian economy.
The short twenty over form of the game is already a huge success with South Australian cricket fans and the Adelaide Oval will be a hit with the thousands of internationals supporters who will attend.
The tournament will see Australia battle it out with teams from Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Zimbabwe, amongst others.
The State Government has invested $70 million in additional tourism funding to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events and conferences.
The State Government’s Major Events Bid Fund has successfully secured 54 events since 2014, with an estimated economic impact of $245 million.
The World T20 competitions are split across 2020 with the women’s tournament held from 21 February to 8 March and the men’s tournament from 18 October to 15 November.
Adelaide will host warm-up matches for the women’s competition at the South Australian Cricket Association’s newly completed Gladys Elphick Park (Narnungga) facility in the city’s parklands.
Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Leon Bignell
Hosting such a wide reaching international event like the ICC World T20 will give South Australia and the iconic Adelaide Oval yet another opportunity to shine on a global stage.
The importance of being part of this event goes beyond cricket, with fans filling our hotels, bars and restaurants, and extending their stay to visit South Australia’s regions, adding to our already strong visitor economy.
We saw a huge boost to our local economy when we hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015, with more than 70,000 interstate and international visitors spending $75 million while they were here.
520 full-time equivalent jobs were also created within the State as a result of the 2015 event. This goes to show the more visitors we get, the more growth for our local businesses and jobs for South Australians – which is our number one priority.
We anticipate a repeat of this phenomenal effort in 2020 with yet another world-class cricket tournament right here in Adelaide, on what is arguably the best oval in the world.
Quotes attributable to ICC World T20 2020 Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Nick Hockley
Australia is a sporting nation, with diverse and passionate fans who love cricket. We’ve designed ICC World T20, comprising standalone women’s and men’s events, to be more inclusive, more accessible and more connected than ever before, so that everyone can join in.
Major events of this scale are all about partnerships. We look forward to working with host cities, their communities, and all partners to deliver a spectacular celebration in 2020, including welcoming thousands of international visitors to attend matches and be part of it.
Quotes attributable to South Australian Cricket Association chief executive Keith Bradshaw
Being afforded the opportunity to host matches for an event of this calibre will not only showcase Adelaide’s world class facilities to Australia and to the globe, but will importantly do so much to inspire the next generation of young girls and boys in South Australia to pick up a cricket bat or ball.
We look forward to hosting the best T20 cricketers in the world in 2020 and to delivering successful and well attended events at Adelaide Oval and Gladys Elphick Park (Narnungga).