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Losing the Gabba wicket would be a tremendous loss for Australian cricket. Having already lost the WACA (not to mention lifeless drop ins at Adelaide and the MCG as well), losing the Gabba wicket would certainly relegate test cricket to the sporting wasteland in Australia, and probably be the death knell of all remaining flickers of what’s left of a great Australian pastime that transcends the classes. It would be terribly sad.
I don't see how the gabba changing to a drop in what be the death knell of test cricket in and of itself. We already got skipped for a test last year and everywhere else in the country now has drop-ins.
 

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Losing the Gabba wicket would be a tremendous loss for Australian cricket. Having already lost the WACA (not to mention lifeless drop ins at Adelaide and the MCG as well), losing the Gabba wicket would certainly relegate test cricket to the sporting wasteland in Australia, and probably be the death knell of all remaining flickers of what’s left of a great Australian pastime that transcends the classes. It would be terribly sad.
I believe Cricket is slowly dying in Australia. Not as fast as Rugby Union, but it's certainly doesn't appear as popular as it was in the 80's and 90's.
 

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Losing the Gabba wicket would be a tremendous loss for Australian cricket. Having already lost the WACA (not to mention lifeless drop ins at Adelaide and the MCG as well), losing the Gabba wicket would certainly relegate test cricket to the sporting wasteland in Australia, and probably be the death knell of all remaining flickers of what’s left of a great Australian pastime that transcends the classes. It would be terribly sad.
Whilst I agree its ideal to retain characteristics of the decks around Australia, the interesting test will be the Optus Oval drop ins. A tremendous amount of research has gone into retaining the 'character' of the WACA deck at Optus. For mine its been a far superior deck to what the WACA has produced for the last 10 years. Also the MCG is doing a complete overhaul of their drop ins to utilize the same technology as used at Optus, as they have conceded their current set up is far outdated.

I still get a chuckle at the fallacy trotted out by all and sundry on the WACA being fast and bouncy. Its been bang on average for over a decade, nothing like its hey day of the 90's.
 

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I believe Cricket is slowly dying in Australia. Not as fast as Rugby Union, but it's certainly doesn't appear as popular as it was in the 80's and 90's.
The Big Bash. Women's cricket. Test cricket, certainly, is on the wane but overall the game appears to be healthy.
 
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Pretty sure this is still the current state of play, but it had been established in the past that it was not possible to install a drop-in-pitch at the Gabba due to access constraints. It's possible that the science of drop-in pitches has changed/will change, but up until recently the equipment need for installation can't get through the vehicular access points on either side of the ground. If that is (still) the case then any discussion is moot. That could have been propoganda I suppose.

I'm not really sure why people keep banging on about this - we haven't seen any injuries in recent time to indicate this is an issue. The issue back when was predominantly regarding ruckmen, but the change in ruck rules at centre bounces seems to have resulted in a reduction in those kinds of injuries. Yes, it's a pain not to be able to be able to train using the whole field, but we only train there once these days before home games whereas once upon a time it was more like 2-3 times a week.
 
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Gabba have a nice habit of saying it's sold out and making you buy top of the range seats.
I think the issue is that they give out a lot of free general admission tickets at local footy clubs etc that aren't used, but they factor them into the ticket allocation regardless.
 

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first time heading to the gabba sat night, not a brissy or WC fan, just up for work and looking at something to do.
is it easy enough to grab some general admission tickets at the gate normally??
Unless you love waiting for an hour in line, buy tickets and print them before you get there. There are about 12 windows selling tickets pre game around the Gabba so that's 12 people at a time. The lineups get big
 

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Unless you love waiting for an hour in line, buy tickets and print them before you get there. There are about 12 windows selling tickets pre game around the Gabba so that's 12 people at a time. The lineups get big
That is a good practice regardless of ground. Went to a game at Docklands in 2016 vs Essendon and the line for tickets was so long that I didn't get in until just before half time.
 
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