Adelaide Oval South Australia

Tanzeeha Sattar

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Adelaide Oval is a Cricket Stadium situated in Adelaide, South Australia. It is known for its picturesque location along River Torrens and its rich history records. With a seating capacity of 53,500, this stadium is one of the most iconic venues for cricket. Besides, it not only hosts cricket matches but is a multi-functional stadium used to hold football, rugby league, soccer, tennis, rugby union, and concerts as well. This magnificent ground was established in 1871 and many re-developments were done to improve its infrastructure from time to time. The Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA) holds a position to manage this ground. Moreover, it has been headquarters since 1871 for the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) and to the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) since 2014. The combination of modern facilities and amenities makes it a versatile venue for both sports and entertainment in South Australia.

In 2014, the stadium underwent renovations and was transformed into a modern venue. Must be remembered, it is now considered the third-largest stadium in Australia, after the Perth Stadium and Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Evening view at Adelaide Oval

Basic Information

Some primary information about this venue is given below

Real NameAdelaide Oval
Established1871
OwnerSouth Australian Government
Managed byAdelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA)
SituatedAdelaide, South Australia
LocationWar Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia
CuratorLes Burdett
Capacity53,500
Diameter137 to 150m
TenantsAustralian Cricket team
South Australian Cricket team
South Australian Cricket Association
West Adelaide Football Club
South Adelaide Football Club
Adelaide Strikers from Big Bash League
Port Adelaide Football
Adelaide Football Club 
Sturt Football Club
Coordinates34.9155° S, 138.5961° E
Time ZoneUTC+10:30
End NamesCathedral End
City End
First Match7 November 1874
SurfaceGrass
Area16,132 meters
ShapeOval
FloodlightsYes
Home GroundSouth Australian Cricket Association (SACA)
South Australian National Football League (SANFL) 
Official Websitehttps://www.adelaideoval.com.au/

Background

This stadium was instituted after the constitution of the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) in 1871. Later on, in 1888 switchback roller-coaster was erected, in the vicinity of the current Riverbank stand, near Adelaide Oval. Besides, it has a 138-year-old history which makes it the most prominent venue in South Australia.

ariel view of adelaide oval

Developments

After the establishment, many developments have been made to this stadium.

A picket fence was fabricated in 1900, all around the ground enhancing the stadium’s appearance and functionality.

Architectural Formation

Stands

In 1990, John Creswell was replaced by Sir Donald Bradman stand; named after the international cricketer of Australia. Two stands were erected known as Chappell Stands in the year 2003. These stands were named after three famous Australian cricket players.

Above all, to host the Ashes Series 2006, temporary stands were developed. After this SACA decided to build a new stand to ameliorate seating capacity, expanding it to 40,000. This revitalization was propitious for organizing Football, soccer, and rugby league to meet international standards.

Stands at Adelaide Oval

For renewal, in 2009 a single stand was initiated by eradicating three original Western stands such as the Mostyn Evan stand, George Giffen stands, Sir Edwin Smith stand. The SACA, AOSMA, and SANFL combined as collateral enterprises.

As a result, a new stand was completed in 2010 by accommodating 14,000 spectators.

In 2011, with advancing progress more enhancements have been made. Before 2014, a new Eastern Stand was added to the structure which upgraded the seating capacity to 19,000.

Altogether, all stands were renovated at this stadium to conform to international benchmarks.

Scoreboard

Later on, in 1911, Adelaide saw the introduction of its current scoreboard, formulated by Kenneth Milne who commenced this operation. Based on Edwardian design, this scoreboard has significance in upholding the infrastructure. A bar is also located under it. 

Scoreboard at Adelaide Oval Stadium

Light Towers

Another notable addition to this stadium is its distinctive tall light towers which were installed in 1997 illustrating day-night matches and evening events.

Light Towers at Adelaide Oval

Roof

The redevelopment also added a striking curved roof to the stands, enhancing the stadium’s visual appeal and providing shelter to the audience.

Roof of adelaide oval

Eastern Mound

To facilitate fans, a stand was built during renovations in 1898 on the eastern side of the ground. This project aimed to create an iconic grass hill in the oval to enjoy games and events, it was named “Eastern Mound”.

Northern Mound

There is another picnic-style settling-in ground that is a popular spot for people which provides a distinct vantage point. This grassy area is known as the “Northern Mound”.

re-development at adelaide oval

Lawn

Apart from Nothern Mound and Eastern Mound, there are various lawn areas where people can relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

Greenery at Oval, Australia

Media Center

Additionally, it has a modern media center that accommodates journalists and broadcasts during events. It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to facilitate coverage.

Location

The precise location is

War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide, South Australia.

You can reach the location by Festival Plaza Tram Stop. During match days, free Adelaide Metro and Footy Express services are provided. Furthermore, you can also walk through Adelaide Railway Station Tram Stop and then cross Riverbank Bridge to reach your destination.

Modern Amenities

It offers modern facilities to accommodate people such as bars, restaurants, and function rooms making it a suitable venue for a wide range of events.

Seating Capacity

Generally, the original seating capacity at Adelaide Oval is 53,500. In the future, this can be expanded with further enhancements.

view of oval

Pitch Report

To talk about pitch at the oval is considered conducive for batters and provides them an edge. It is known to be the best wicket in Australia. Moreover, it also confers an advantage to spinners. So, it is typically batting-friendly and also provides little assistance to bowlers.

Boundary Length

Traditionally, the oval has a huge boundary length of 80 meters. But it is a point to notice that it may oscillate depending on the game. The layout has been chosen by ground authorities according to specific events.

Developments at Aelaide

Dimensions

To make it suitable for the Australian Football Leagues, during the 2011-24 developments, dimensions were altered to 183m x 134m.  

Match History

First Matches

Following are the records of all first matches hosted at the Oval.

FormatTeamsDate
TestEngland vs. Australia12-16 December 1884
T20West Indies vs. Australia20 December 1975
ODIEngland vs. Australia12 January 2011
Oval, South Australia

Statistics

Following are the stats related to all formats:

Test-Stats

Total Matches83
Won batting first41
Won bowling first23
Average 1st inn. score383
Average 2nd inn. score347
Average 3rd inn. score272
Average 4th inn. score210
Total Lowest Score77/10 West Indies vs. Australia
Total Highest Score674/10 India vs. Australia

T-20 Stats

Total Matches18
Won batting first9
Won bowling first8
Average 1st inn. score153
Average 2nd inn. score136
Total Lowest Score66/10 New Zealand (W) vs. Australia (W)
Total Highest Score233/2 Sri Lanka vs. England
Lowest Score defended25/0 England (W) vs. Australia (W)
Highest Score Chased170/1 England (W) vs. Australia (W)

ODI Stats

Total Matches92
Won batting first49
Won bowling first41
Average 1st inn. score227
Average 2nd inn. score199
Total Lowest Score70/10 New Zealand vs. Australia
Total Highest Score369/7 Australia vs. Pakistan
Lowest Score defended140/10 Pakistan vs. West Indies
Highest Score Chased303/9 vs. Sri Lanka vs. England

Other Games

The Oval is not only a prime venue for cricket but also for football, tennis, soccer, tennis, basketball, rugby league, cycling, field hockey, and rugby union. Most of the games are hosted at this venue in South Australia due to its exceptional atmosphere making it a preferable choice. Let’s take a look at the records of these games.

Modern Structure of Adelaide Oval

Australian Rule Football (AFL)

The first match at this stadium was hosted in 1877 on May 12. This was between Bankers Football club and Old Adelaide football club. Until 1973, regular football matches were hosted here but later due to clashes between the management of SANFL and cricket, it was transferred to Football Park renowned as AAMI Stadium which was established in 1973 and inaugurated in 1974. Ultimately in 2014, it returned to Adelaide Oval.

Soccer

Furthermore, on 25 July 2014, soccer witnessed its inaugural match featuring Adelaide United Football Club competing against Melbourne Victory FC and Sydney FC who served as their prominent rivals in the A-Leagues.

Rugby League

In 1991, the first match was held between Balmain Tigers and St. George Dragons’. It also hosted the State of Origin Series in 2022 and 2023. 

Base Ball

During December 1888, some matches were hosted at this ground by Albert Spalding who was the executive of professional baseball in the early years of his career. The Claxton Sheild Series of 1934,1947 and 1951 took place here.

Field Hockey

At this spot, hockey was played in the early 90’s. The first match was on 1904 September 3. Other matches were in 1905,1926, and 1939. 

Cycling

The first cycle race was conducted in 1882. Later in 1885, the Intercolonial Bicycle Championship was organized here.

Tennis

Markedly, tennis tournaments also have a longstanding tradition of taking place on this emblematic ground. The South Australian Tennis Championship launched here in 1889. In 1910 and 1920, this championship was conducted at this multi-purpose venue.

Rugby Union

Previously, in 2003, two games were managed here for the Rugby World Cup. The tournament of Australia Seven was staged here from 2007-10.

Beautiful sight at Oval

Entertainment Events

Due to its prominent location near Adelaide Railway Station coupled with the absence of facilities, it has become a preferable choice for international artists seeking to organize large-scale concerts or any big event. Its first concert was in 1977 by Little River Band.

Conclusion

Adelaide Oval attracts passionate fans, whether it’s for cricket or any other sport. Subsequently, the supporters create a vibrant and spirited environment cheering for their respective teams. The stadium location along the bank of River Torrens provides a picturesque backdrop and makes the ground visually appealing. It is more than just a stadium with its wide facilities including Oval Hotel, restaurants, cafes, clubs, Roof climb, Bradman Collection, guided educational tours along with stadium tours, and much more.

What is the seating capacity at Adelaide Oval?

The seating capacity is 53,500 at this stadium.

When was Adelaide Oval established?

It was established in 1871.

Who managed Adelaide Oval?

This iconic venue is managed by the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA).

What are the End Names of Adelaide Oval?

City End, Cathedral End.

Tanzeha, as a cricket enthusiast, delivers rational, clean cut and advanced information. In addition, she writes after completing research about all facts and qualitative data.

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