What’s On at Adelaide Oval?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 08/29/2018

Reading time: 3 mins

Adelaide is a bustling metropolitan hub, but that doesn’t stop the locals from getting down to the Adelaide Oval for some sport!

Adelaide is the cosmopolitan coastal capital of South Australia. Attracting sports fans from all over to visit their state-of-the-art Adelaide Oval. Hosting both cricket and football games throughout the year, this iconic oval is one of Australia’s best stadiums to enjoy your sport of choice.

The History of the Adelaide Oval

The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) was formed in 1871, requesting a city oval for cricketing purposes. The first major match was played three years after this, with football and tennis matches arriving in the late 1870s. This makes the Oval a ripe old age of 147, and it is only looking better with age.

Construction over the years has made the once simple ground into a mighty stadium with the capacity of more than 50, 000. The most recent makeover was completed in 2014, transforming it into one of the top stadiums in Australia. Including exceptional features such as enormous replay screens, high-quality audio, function rooms, an excellent restaurant, 2100 square metres of grass, and roughly 900 square metres of the viewing platform. Yet, with modernisation, the Adelaide Oval has kept some of its historic sections. The scoreboard, built in an Edwardian style, completed in 1911, still stands in the stadium today. The scoreboard represents the oval’s the cultural significance as well as its incredible antiquity.

What to See and Do at the Adelaide Oval

  • Footy Fans

    Australian Football season is a fast-paced game and is Australia’s favourite sport. During this team of the year, the season is ending, with only a couple rounds left before the finals. Because of this, the last remaining games are too sure to have you on the edge of your seat as the teams battle it out. Grab a ticket for the weekend and watch the battle begin. The heritage scoreboard with the view of the cathedral will contrast to the city atmosphere within the buzzing stadium.

  • Cricket Lovers

    If you want to learn a little history and are a cricket fan, check out the Bradman Collection. The Museum devoted to Australia’s cricket legend, Sir Donald Bradman. The beloved batsman was an international hero who settled down in Adelaide. Browse through the museum to see personal items as well as significant artefacts relating to Bradman.

  • Nature lovers

    It’s not just the stadium that holds historical significance, but the gardens also. Magnificent trees scatter the picturesque grass surrounding the stadium. They include the Moreton Bay fig trees, some as old as 130 years. Soak up the spectacular scenery and enjoy the BBQ decks and Village Green outdoor facilities. Refuel by tucking into some lunch as you soak up the sun rays amidst the small section of wildlife within the Adelaide city.

  • Foodies

    The oval is home to twenty-three function rooms and corporate suites, offering a chance to hire either a table or an entire room if needed. All the rooms have different attractions, including the Cathedral room which offers a remarkable view of St. Peter’s Cathedral. You can even hire the oval out for your wedding. If you are interested in a dining experience to accompany the sports game taking place, The Hill of Grace Restaurant is exceptional. Offering a six-course degustation or à la carte menu, this restaurant is sure to satisfy you.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.