Nano technology: Artist impressions of the new M.A. Noble Stand and Bradman Stand, which are due to be completed by January. Photo: Supplied.
A wall of vertical bronze ''fins'' will greet spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the grand old lady of sport is coaxed into the 21st century.
Gone is the genteel art deco brickwork of the former M.A. Noble Stand: the prominent northern facade of the $186 million redevelopment will feature the same high-tech, dyed metal finish used on iPod Nanos.
Images have been released showing the exterior that will welcome those arriving from the Paddington Lane entrance, the Members Pavilion or the Walk of Honour.
The structure replaces the Bradman, Noble and Messenger stands. It is due to open for the fifth Ashes cricket Test between Australia and England on January 3.
Concrete is being poured on the top level of the building and glazing will be installed over the next fortnight. The structure will feature a 700-seat dining room and lounge area, a micro brewery, bars and roof terrace. It will increase the ground's capacity by about 2500 to 48,000.
The general manager of major projects, Piers Thompson, said a series of vertical fins made of bronze-coloured ''anodised'' aluminium, the same finish used on some Apple devices, would create ''colour nuances and reflections in different light''.
''We didn't wish the … facade to be a grey, concrete monolith,'' he said, adding it would be ''modern and stylish'' and blend with the historic ladies and members stands, and the Noble Stand clock tower which is being preserved.
The modern exterior is not the first time the hallowed grounds, where the first recorded cricket match was played in 1854, have diverged from tradition.
The Victor Trumper stand replaced the famed hill in 2008. In January this year a mini ''beach'' was installed in the stands, where winners of a soft drink competition could watch the final Test between Australia and Sri Lanka.
In March next year, the grounds will host the opening series of the US Major League Baseball season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
But other slices of heritage have been resolutely preserved: the new stand will be notionally divided into two halves and renamed after cricket legends Don Bradman and Monty Noble.
A 273-square-metre video screen and scoreboard, the largest of any sports ground in the southern hemisphere, began operating in April. It was built at the site of the former Dally Messenger Stand and will retain the name of the rugby union and league pioneer.
Other elements of the demolished stands will live on: almost 99 per cent of the brick, concrete and steel was recycled and 6000 seats were donated to country and suburban cricket grounds.
The state government will contribute $86 million to the project, in Sydney's east, prompting criticism that ageing sports fields in western Sydney did not get the same treatment.