Sportsground Booking and Information

Sport and Recreation Facilities 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:

Booking Requests Online

The ACT Sportsgrounds Bookings Database allows 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.

Sportsground Availability

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:

  • 1 April 2018 till 16th of September 2018 - Winter Season

Maintenance Shutdown Period

All sportsground, with the exception of Nicholls 1 and Pearce 2 (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.

Seasonal Availability

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.

Sportsground Irrigation

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

Dog Facilities

The Domestic Animals Act 2000, Section 42 lists the prohibited places in the ACT where dogs are not allowed.

Prohibited Places (3) " A person must not take a dog onto a field or playing area where formal sport is being played."

Please note: Dogs are prohibited on all synthetic playing fields and enclosed ovals.

For more information please see the Transport Canberra and City  Services Dog Policy External Link - opens in new window.

Contact Us

By completing the online enquiry form or Phone: (02) 6207 5141 or (02) 6207 1236

Wet Weather Hotline (for ground closure information): (02) 6207 5957

Email: Submit an Enquiry

Postal Address: PO Box 352 Civic Square ACT 2608
Office Address: Level, Wotso House, 490 Northborune Avenue, DICKSON, ACT 2602