Sportsground Booking and Information
Sport and Recreation Services manages approximately 300 hectares of irrigated sportsgrounds throughout Canberra, which is one of the largest portfolios of sportsgrounds that is managed by any single municipal authority in Australia.
This large asset base provides the Canberra community with convenient access to quality playing fields that contributes to the ACT having the highest levels of participation in sport and physical activity in the country. The sportsground facilities can accommodate a wide selection of activities and standards, ranging from internationally recognised events to recreational or social bookings.
Information on hire costs and charges for sportsground bookings is available by viewing:
- Sportsground Hire Charges (272kb PDF). Please note that new rates come into effect on 1 October each year.
- Sportsgrounds Hire Charges (PDF) for October 2016 - 2017
Booking Requests Online
The ACT Sportsgrounds Bookings Database has been upgraded to allow sporting organisations and individuals to complete and submit their sportsgrounds booking requests on-line. Specific information for each sportsground, including a map of the facility and key geographic information is also provided.
With the exception of the Hall 102 (Piped Arena) and Hall 103 (BBQ Area), all sportsground facilities are only available to be booked within the current seasonal period.
Current seasonal booking period:
- 01 October 2015 to 17 March 2016
Maintenance Shutdown Period
All sportsground, with the exception of Nicholls 1 (synthetic playing surface) are closed biannually to allow staff to maintain a quality playing surface at all facilities. This work includes the erection/removal of goal posts and field renovation work. Sportsground bookings will not be accepted during the maintenance shutdown periods of 18-31 March and 17-30 September.
Check the availability of sportsgrounds by date and activity, click the following link Sportsground Availability. This online option is not available in either October or April next year as grounds are allocated to Associations and Clubs pending resolution of seasonal requirements.
Irrigation on almost all ACT Government sportsgrounds is managed by a sophisticated computer-based system that uses leading edge technology to maximise water efficiency. The vast majority of irrigation occurs at night for the same reason. On occasions, irrigation may be operated during the day for testing purposes or to enable the watering in of fertilisers or chemicals for pest control, but these are kept to the lowest level necessary to optional needs. There may also be occasions during, and following, the biannual shutdowns where irrigation will run during daylight hours to assist seed beds in establishing.
Like any complex system, faults can occasionally occur, in which case we will respond as quickly as possible to ensure any unnecessary water consumption is minimised. If a leaking or malfunctioning sprinkler is observed, it can be reported to Canberra Connect on 13 22 81 or the Actew Water Conservation Office on (02) 6248 3131.
Find a Sportsground
You can search for a sportsground using our online Sportsground Search facility.
Make a Booking Request
- You can make a booking request using our online Booking Request Form or
- Download and complete the Application For Hire Form (282kb PDF) and fax it to (02) 6207 5149.
The Domestic Animals Act 2000, Section 42 lists the prohibited places in the ACT where dogs are not allowed.
42 - Prohibited Places (3) "A person must not take a dog onto a field or playing area where sport is being played or training for sport is being conducted."
Maximum penalty: 5 penalty units.
Please note: Dogs are prohibited on all synthetic playing fields and enclosed ovals.
For more information please see the Territory and Municipal Services Dog Policy.
By completing the online enquiry form or Phone: (02) 6207 5141 or (02) 6207 5142
Wet Weather Hotline (for ground closure information): (02) 6207 5957
Fax: (02) 6207 5149
Email: Submit an EnquiryPostal Address: PO Box 352 Civic Square ACT 2608 Office Address: Plaza Level, 1 Constitution Ave, Nara House, Canberra City, ACT 2601