The pitch upgrade project has been undertaken after Queensland Cricket and SCCA completed a two-year audit of cricket wickets on the Sunshine Coast following a significant lift in junior participation.

The audit identified the need to invest in upgrading facilities in the region, with a particular focus on school and junior cricket. 

A total of $40,000, split between QC and SCCA, has been allocated to the project to develop pitches from Caboolture to Noosa, which will cater for the increase in the number of club and school teams seeking grounds to play on.

The number of junior teams playing cricket on the Sunshine Coast increased by 23% in 2017-18, with the new wicket at Eumundi State School to be utilised for school and club cricket as part of a five year agreement with SCCA. 

Money raised for the project has been contributed in part by the KFC Sunshine Coast Smash, which has seen the Brisbane Heat take two pre-season Big Bash League matches to the Maroochydore Cricket Club across the past two summers.