Adelaide Stadium is a sports ground in Adelaida. It is situated in the parklands between the city center and North Adelaide, South Australia. The ground used for Cricket and Australian rules football. Other sports like rugby league, rugby union, soccer, and tennis. In 2014, sports journalist Gerard Whateley describe the ground as “the most perfect piece of modern architecture because it’s a thoroughly contemporary stadium with all the character that it’s had in the past”.
Since 1871, the stadium has been headquarters to the (SACA). The Adelaide Oval is managed by Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority. On 2 December 2017, the stadium has recorded a 55,317 crowd.
Development of the stadium:
- In 1871, the establishment of the ground was completed.
- In 1888, a switchback rollercoaster was constructed. It was adjoining to Adelaide stadium where the present river bank stand.
- In 1900, a picket fence was set in the replacement of Oval’s playing surface.
- In 1911, Kenneth Milne created the current Adelaide Oval scoreboard.
- In 1997, for night matches lights were constructed at the stadium.
- In 2003, Chappell Stand was completed.
- In August 2008, for the reconstruction of the ground, the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) announced to expanding its capacity to 40,000.
- During 2010-2011 the SACA planned for the new stand for Ashes series.
- In June 2009, the three stands were destroyed and a single western stand was constructed in place of the Ashes series.
- In 2010, for SACA members the new western stand was constructed which include 14,000 seats.
- In 2010, The SA Labor announced $450 million for up-gradation of the stadium.
- In 2011, the AFL, SANFL, SACA, the SA Government and the Australian Government reached an agreement to upgrade Adelaide Oval. The SACA and the SANFL proposed if SACA members vote yes on the upgrade in May, that the whole Stadium will undergo redevelopment, except for the Northern Mound.
- On 28 April 2011, SACA members had the choice of voting online.
- On 2 May 2011, the final result was declared 80.37% of total votes cast were in favor of Adelaide Oval being redeveloped.
- In 2014, during AFL season the new Eastern Stand was completed to the overall seating capacity of the stadium to 50,083.
Adelaide Oval organized many thrilling events in the cricketing calendar. On 26 January the annual One Day International was played in the Stadium. Ashes test matches against England were played every 4 years. THE first T20 International was played between Australia and England in 2011.
The West End Southern Redbacks and T20 Cricket team, the Adelaide Strikers, Adelaide Oval is the home ground for the first South Australian State Cricket team.
- In 1991, The NSWRL came to Adelaide Oval and play at the Oval.
- In 1997, Adelaide Rams won the match against Hunter Mariners in Super League.
- On 4 November 2020, The NRL State of Origin match was played at the Stadium.
- On 1 June, the NRL match was postponed due to Covid 19 pandemic.
On 12 December 1884, the first test match was played between Australia and England.
- On 29 November 2019, the last test match was played between Australia and Pakistan.
- On 20 December 1975, the first ODI was played between Australia and West Indies.
- On 15 January 2019, the last ODI was played between Australia and India.
- On 12 January 2011, the first T20I was played between Australia and England.
- On 27 October 2019, the last T20I was played between Australia and Sri Lanka.
- On 15 January 1949, the first women’s Test was played between Australia and England.
- On 18 February 2006, the last women’s test was played between Australia and India.
- On 3 February 1996, the first WODI match was played between Australia and New Zealand.
- On 11 February 2010, the last WODI match was played between Australia and New Zealand.
- On 12 January 2011, the first WT20I match was played between Australia and England.
- On 22 February 2017, the last WT20I match was played between Australia and New Zealand.