Built in 1924, the Museum Stand is registered as a Category 2 historic place as part of the Basin Reserve historic area. Originally used as the members stand and player changing area, following the upgrade of the Basin Reserve in the 1970s the Museum Stand was used to give more public seating and toilet facilities.

We've identified the Museum Stand at the Basin Reserve as earthquake-prone with a significant health and safety risk to users from a catastrophic collapse in a seismic event. As a result, the Museum Stand seating area was closed to the public in 2012.

The Master Plan notes the following:

  • To keep the Museum Stand, a significant investment would be needed to strengthen the building and deal with other structural issues. If strengthened, its future use would have to be considered in the context of the Master Plan. This could include room for spectators, sports club offices, the Cricket Museum or similar users.
  • Removing the Museum Stand would give a footprint to be made-good for other potential uses to support the Master Plan.

We're currently completing further work to better understand the earthquake-prone issues and other structural issues prior to developing the options for consideration. 

Options regarding the future of the Museum Stand will be considered by the Council in 2017. 

The Museum Stand