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The Gabba is welcoming back the Pool Deck!
The Gabba is welcoming back the Pool Deck! Jason O'Brien - CA

Why you should be going straight to the pool deck

ENGLISH cricket fans will have no reason to scorch in the Queensland heat this summer with the legendary Pool Deck on its way back to the Gabba for another season.

Cricket Australia has announced its comeback for the Magellan Men's Ashes Series this November, the One-Day International in January and the entire Big Bash League series.

The award-winning Pool Deck was one of the hits of last summer, with more than 1400 patrons taking advantage of the prime position.  

Following its success, the Pool Deck will be re-built inside the stadium and will feature a six metre by eight metre tiered pool and two large tiered decks with seating, tables and shade, giving fans the chance to escape the heat with a dip in the pool and relax in comfort while enjoying world class international cricket action.

Cricket Australia General Manager, Events and Leagues, Anthony Everard said it was exciting to bring back the Pool Deck for another season.

"The introduction of the Pool Deck last year was hugely popular and we are very happy to be giving our fans what they want," Mr Everard said.

"The imagery last year of fans cooling off in the pool while watching enthralling cricket matches was wonderful to see, and I am sure there are plenty of English fans in particular who are eager for their chance to get on the deck this summer and have a reprieve from the Australian summer heat."

The opening test of the Magellan Men's Ashes Series against England will be hosted a the Gabba from December 23-27 and the One-Day International is on January 19.

But that's not all that's happening in the sporting realm this summer with a bumper line-up of live action on the cards.


World welterweight champion Jeff Horn will defend his title against pugnacious Pom Gary Corcoran at the Brisbane Convention Centre on December 13. Corcoran has claimed he's on the hunt to ruin Horn's reputation, but the Brisbane school teacher is determined to defend his title.


The Brisbane Bullets have welcomed three American imports this season and they've brought with them a pool of talent in hopes of propelling last year's wooden spooners up the NBL ladder this season.


The Brisbane International is in full swing from December 31, 2017 to January 7, 2018, and the boys are back in town. World number one Rafa Nadal and number two Andy Murray are headed to the city to show us why they do what they do and we do the spectating!

Rugby Union

The Bledisloe Cup has come and gone with all eyes now on the Brisbane Global Tens. In February, 300 stars from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Japan and France will take to the field for two days of rugby heaven.

Rugby League

The Rugby League World Cup kicked off just days ago and is sticking around until December 2 with Brisbane's hosting the two best matches. The tournament sees 14 teams play 28 games over five weeks in what is easily the biggest sporting event in Australia in 2017. Don't miss the semi-final action at Suncorp Stadium on November 24 as two of the world's best teams battle it out for a place in the grand final on December 2, also at Suncorp.

And that's just a taste.

Check out what else is happening in the sports arena in Brisbane this summer HERE.