Woman denied entry to SCG because of the length of her dress

Sent away: Lynda Reid.

Sent away: Lynda Reid. Photo: Supplied

The dress was scarlet, but that, apparently, was not the problem. When Lynda Reid arrived at the Members Stand of the Sydney Cricket Ground on the second day of the Test, wearing her carefully chosen outfit of a pink floral dress topped with lightweight trench coat, she was turned away because her hemline was too brief.

Ms Reid, a 35-year-old solicitor and mother of two, has been a member of the SCG for about 25 years. However after turning up to queue for entry at 5.30am on Sunday, only to be sent away because of the alleged inappropriateness of her dress, she is asking for her membership to be cancelled.

She will also request her two children be removed from the Members waiting list.

That infamous dress and trench coat.

That infamous dress and trench coat. Photo: Supplied

''I am a corporate solicitor,'' she said. ''I know what is appropriate and not. I am not some hick from wherever.''


The trouble began when a steward approached Ms Reid to inform her she would have problems getting in given the length of her dress.

''I was standing there with a group, we all laughed about it and it seemed quite ridiculous,'' she said.

</em>Illustration:Cathy Wilcox</em>

Illustration:Cathy Wilcox

Ms Reid had checked the dress code regulations the previous evening, and satisfied herself that she was compliant.

The rules for the Members Reserve - which includes the M.A. Noble Stand, the Ladies Stand and the Allianz Stadium Members Area - states that dresses should be ''of a respectable length''.

If cricket-goers wish to penetrate the inner sanctum of the Members Pavilion, dresses must be knee-length, but Ms Reid was planning on sitting in the Ladies Stand. However, when she was approached by a second steward, a woman this time, and told to leave the queue immediately to change clothes, Ms Reid began to realise her hemline had been deemed haram.

She tried bargaining with the steward, telling her she would keep her knee-length trench-coat on at all times, to prevent any possible breach of decency standards.

''[The steward] said, 'That is not acceptable because you could remove the jacket at any time without warning','' she said. Ms Reid left.

''I was so infuriated I couldn't bear it. They absolutely ruined my day.''

Her father, a platinum SCG member, made a complaint on her behalf, and received an apology, but Ms Reid has not heard from the SCG.

A spokesman for the SCG said no official complaint had yet been processed.

1 comment

  • To paraphrase the dress code on their webpage, no revealing clothing is permitted. Whether or not this dress qualifies as revealing or not depends a) on individual judgement and b) whether she is standing up or sitting down. I'd suggest that if a guy was wearing shorts that came to the same length on the leg he'd likely be told that they were too short as well, the dress code for the pavillion expressly states that "Board shorts, Hawaiian style shorts or brief shorts (i.e. football or athletic shorts)" are not permitted and presumably a less exacting standard of this would apply to other areas for the members.

    I think it's unfortunate that she's missed out on a day at the cricket but the dress is fairly short and could fairly be classified as revealing, particularly when seated.

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    January 07, 2014, 10:44AM
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