Sika Australia supplied flooring and waterproofing solutions to the Sydney Cricket Ground as part of the massive upgrade project of the iconic stadium.

Originally built in 1882, the Sydney Cricket Ground is considered by many as one of the greatest sporting stadiums in Australia. A vital part of Australia’s sporting culture, the SCG hosts a range of events including cricket, AFL and NRL matches.

The $197.5 million development project required suitable flooring solutions for the lower concourse and staircases as well as a combined flooring and waterproofing solution for the upper deck of the newly refurbished stand.

Given the venue’s busy schedule, which sees millions of spectators pass through the gates each year, the requirement was for a durable flooring system with a proven track record of performance in similar projects with high levels of foot traffic. The flooring system would be installed in an area servicing public facilities such as toilets, bars and food outlets, which meant it needed to meet functional and aesthetic requirements.

For the lower concourse, Sika supplied Sikafloor-160, a two-part solvent-free epoxy primer and binder that forms part of the modular Sikafloor system. Sikafloor-264T, a two-component, solvent-free pigmented epoxy resin was supplied for the high-build top coat, offering a stylish, durable, easy-to-clean and non-slip surface. Aluminium oxide was added to offer an impressive and consistent colouring of the floor throughout the large concourse level, complementing the stand and the timber feature walls. The same system was applied to the large set of stairs rising from the concourse level, all the way to the roof.

For the upper deck area, which forms the roof of the stadium as a whole, and is also utilised as an additional bar and event space during matches, Sika provided a trafficable and waterproofing flooring solution consisting of Sikafloor-160 as a primer topped by the specially designed, high performance, self-levelling, liquid waterproofing system comprising of Sikalastic-488 and Sikalastic-489, Sika’s newly released UV stable and trafficable coating.