Widely regarded as one of the most picturesque sports grounds in the world, the Adelaide Oval underwent a major redevelopment in 2014 which has modernised the ground whilst maintaining its history and charm.
The ground is used predominantly for cricket and Australian rules football, being the home of South Australia cricket who compete in the Sheffield Shield and One Day Cup, as well as the Adelaide Strikers of the BBL. International Test cricket was first played here in 1884, hosting an 8 wicket victory for England over Australia. In 1932, the Bodyline series reached its lowest point as Bill Woodfull and Bert Oldfield were both struck, resulting in mounted police patrolling the ground on the third day to keep the 50,962 spectators in order.
Tenants: South Australia (Sheffield Shield/One Day Cup), Adelaide Strikers (Big Bash League), Adelaide Football Club (AFL), Port Adelaide Football Club (AFL)
One Day International cricket was first played here in 1975 with a match between Australia and West Indies. Three matches at the 1992 Cricket World Cup and four of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, including the quarter-final in which Australia beat Pakistan were played here. Twenty20 International’s have been played since 2011 and the ground is due to host 7 matches of the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup.
The Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide teams of the AFL have called the Adelaide Oval home since the ground was redeveloped in 2014. Prior to this only one AFL match had been played here in 2011, although the South Australian National Football League Grand Final had regularly been played at the ground.
Football (soccer) has been played at the Adelaide Oval, including A-league matches and friendly matches against high profile international sides for Adelaide United. International football has also been hosted at the Oval, including a 3-0 victory for Australia against New Zealand in 2011.
Both codes of rugby have been played at the Adelaide Oval. Two matches at the 2003 Rugby World Cup were hosted there, a 142-0 win for Australia over Namibia followed the next day by a 16-15 win for Ireland over Argentina. Rugby League has intermittently been played here, hosting matches of the Adelaide Rams in 1997/1998, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2010/2011 and the Sydney Roosters in 2017. Game One of the 2020 State of Origin is also due to be hosted at the Adelaide Oval.
Tickets at Adelaide Oval
South Australia (Sheffield Shield) –The Sheffield Shield takes place between October and March, with entry to Sheffield Shield matches at the Adelaide Oval free.
Adelaide Strikers (Big Bash League) – The Big Bash League takes place between December and February, with tickets to see the Adelaide Strikers available through their ticketing supplier, Ticketek by clicking here.
Adelaide Football Club (AFL) – The AFL takes place between March and September, with tickets to see the Adelaide Crows available through their ticketing supplier, Ticketek by clicking here.
Port Adelaide Football Club (AFL) – The AFL takes place between March and September, with tickets to see the Adelaide Crows available through their ticketing supplier, Ticketek by clicking here.
Australia International Cricket – Tickets for Australia International cricket matches played at the Adelaide Oval will be available through the official Cricket Australia website here.
Location & Travel to Adelaide Oval
The Adelaide Oval is located in the Park Lands of Adelaide, South Australia.
Air – Adelaide International Airport is the principle airport in Adelaide, being the fifth busiest in Australia with many domestic connections as well as internationally to destinations such as Auckland, Bali, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
The airport sits approximately 6km west of the city centre, with the JetBus offering a convenient service from the airport to throughout the city.
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Bus – There are a number of Adelaide Metro services that stop close to the Adelaide Oval at King William Rd West and Montefiore Rd West. Further information is available on the Adelaide Metro website here.
Parking – Car parking availability varies between events, information is available on the ‘What’s On’ section of the Adelaide Oval website here.
Train – The Adelaide Railway Station is located approximately a five-minute walk across the Riverbank footbridge or via King William Street.
Tram – Trams operate between Glenelg and the city with stops located on North Terrace and King William Road (outside the Adelaide Festival Centre).
Walk – The Adelaide Oval is just a short walk from the CBD, across the River Torrens and accessible via the Riverbank Bridge.
Further travel information is available on the Adelaide Oval website here.
Where to stay in Adelaide
Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour
Tours operate Monday to Friday at 10am, 11am and 2pm and Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. The price of a tour is $25 for Adults, $20 for Concessions and $15 for Children (aged 5-15).
You can book tours on the official Adelaide Oval website here.