Andrew Barr wants the Giants to play in Canberra on Anzac Day.

Andrew Barr wants the Giants to play in Canberra on Anzac Day.

ACT Sports Minister Andrew Barr will meet with new AFL supremo Gillon McLachlan on Friday as he continues to push for an Anzac Day game at Manuka Oval as part of the Gallipoli invasion's 100th anniversary next year.

Barr is embarking on a post-ACT budget tour next week and will also visit Cricket NSW to continue discussions about securing Big Bash League games.

With $3 million allocated to phase two of the redevelopment of the tennis centre at Lyneham, the government is expected to announce in the next fortnight whether Davis Cup, Fed Cup or a tour event will be held in the nation's capital next year.

Andrew Barr wants the Giants to play in Canberra on Anzac Day.

Andrew Barr wants the Giants to play in Canberra on Anzac Day.

As revealed in April, the ACT government is lobbying for an Anzac Day clash to be one of the three home-and-away games Greater Western Sydney plays at Manuka every year as part of a 10-year, $23 million deal.

Barr will continue to press McLachlan, who has taken over the AFL reins from Andrew Demetriou.

Given that the National War Memorial makes Canberra synonymous with Anzac Day, Barr thinks the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli provides the perfect platform to bring a blockbuster clash to the nation's capital.

Crowds pushing 100,000 flock to the MCG to watch Collingwood play Essendon every Anzac Day in what's become an annual tradition since 1995.

This year there were also AFL games in New Zealand and Perth, and Barr wants Canberra to be a part of it.

The AFL is under pressure to host more of its marquee events outside of Melbourne following high-profile Port Adelaide chairman David Koch's calls earlier this year for non-Victorian clubs to form a bloc to lobby the game's governing body.

''I'm meeting with Gil McLachlan, who I think will be in the big chair by then, and we'll talk about next year's AFL [games] and that Anzac Day proposition,'' Barr said on Friday.

''We'll see what he has to say about that.''

Manuka's capacity will be further increased to about 16,000 for AFL and 14,000 for cricket at the end of the AFL season and Barr wants to bring more content to the historic ground.

The Australian cricket team played in Canberra for the first time last year as part of the city's 100th birthday and now Barr wants the first BBL game.

He's hoping talks with Cricket NSW next week will also bear fruit after the Sheffield Shield final was held at Manuka for the first time in March.

Barr was trying to position Manuka as the best boutique ground in Australia.

''We'll see what extra cricket content we can secure here, given the success of the Shield final,'' he said.

''We're very keen on getting Big Bash content ahead of that longer-term goal of being part of the league with our own team.

''It's possible for next summer, in 2015 leading into the World Cup.''

The government has established a three-way partnership with Tennis Australia and Tennis ACT for the Lyneham development, which comes with a commitment to ensure content.

An announcement is expected about whether Davis Cup will make its Canberra debut when the first sod is turned at Lyneham in the coming weeks.

''Having that infrastructure will get us back into the more serious tennis business,'' Barr said.

''Part of the three-party agreement is a commitment from Tennis Australia to bring events to Canberra.''