The Adelaide Oval is located between Adelaide and North Adelaide, less than two kilometres from the city centre. The ground is mostly used for cricket and Australian Rules Football, but also hosts Rugby League, Rugby League and Soccer, as well as larger performances and concerts.
Around 16 sports have been played at one time or another at Adelaide Oval, including archery, athletics, baseball, cycling, gridiron, highland games, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, and quoits. It was the venue for two matches of the historic 2003 Rugby World Cup.
Adelaide Oval’s rich history dates back to 1871, when the South Australian Cricket Association was formed. The first Test Cricket match was played at the oval in 1884 between Australia and England.
Adelaide Oval has been called one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in the world, with the northern view featuring St Peter’s Cathedral rising behind an elegant Edwardian scoreboard and giant Moreton Bay fig trees which were planted in the 1890s. The grassed mounds at each end, called ‘The Hills’, were created in 1898 from earth carted from the banks of the Torrens River.
The maximum crowd at a cricket game at Adelaide Oval was 50,962, during the Bodyline Test in 1932. It was during this game that Sir Donald Bradman scored the highest score ever in Test Cricket at the ground.
Today, the Adelaide Oval hosts some of the most exciting events on the cricketing calendar, including the annual Australia Day One Day International on 26 January; and every four years, one of the five Ashes test matches against England, usually held in early December.
The largest crowd ever was recorded at the 1965 SANFL Grand Final between the Port Adelaide and Sturt Football Clubs, when more than 62,000 fans packed the stadium to cheer on their teams.
Adelaide Oval has also hosted major concerts during its time, with some of the most famous acts including KISS; Madonna; Paul McCartney; the late Michael Jackson; Billy Joel and Elton John. In 1978, the ground hosted the first concert by David Bowie in the Southern Hemisphere. It was also the first large scale outdoor concert he had ever played.
A large-scale redevelopment of Adelaide Oval commenced in 2011, which will increase the stadium's capacity to 53,500. The atmosphere inside the new stadium will be something to savour. With a high quality audio system and three giant replay screens around the ground, fans won’t miss any of the action. A new international standard indoor cricket centre will also be located within the complex.
As well as the South Australian Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers cricket teams; it will become the home of both the Adelaide and Port Adelaide AFL clubs from 2014. Tours of Adelaide Oval are scheduled to recommence from November 2013.
Centrally located on War Memorial Drive and nestled in the northern city parklands of Pennington Gardens and Creswell Gardens, the Adelaide Oval is within walking distance of the Adelaide city centre. It is also fully serviced by all modes of public transport.