Background to the change
Prior to the 2018/19 season, over 2 years, Cricket Australia undertook an important venues audit across Australia, to accurately pinpoint locations of grounds, and particularly multiple grounds within the one venue.
During this National Facilities audit, 5,550 sites were identified, along with 7,200 ovals. Once the data was collated, the decision was made for MyCricket to integrate with the new national facilities CA database to access this up-to-date venue management data. As part of the National Facilities audit conducted, all venues across the country now have individual GPS coordinates for every venue & every oval - which will allow for the system to identify individual ovals more accurately in the system.
In the future, we hope this information collated during the National Facilities audit will allow us to display unique venue attributes on the MyCricket app such as whether the venue has female-friendly change rooms, car parking, nets and more.
What was the change?
Following the National Facilities Audit, MyCricket is now using the National Venues facilities database to look-up CA venues for fixturing matches.
As a result of this change, all community-entered match venues were replaced in MyCricket with all the CA approved venues collected and geo-located as part of the National Facilities venues audit, completed in 2017.
For this change to work as smooth as possible, all of the then-current venues were cleared in MyCricket; as a result of this, it was required to search and re-add venues to your association before creating fixtures. This has greatly assisted in identifying venue clashes across associations.
This exercise has improved the venue data quality in MyCricket to reduce venue clashes, and duplicate venues, which have been flagged as considerable pain points during fixturing for many seasons in the past.
Step by Step set up instructions here: https://mycricketsupport.cricket.com.au/hc/en-us/articles/360000280876-Venue-Integration-How-to-search-re-add-venues