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Published November 13th 2013
See what half a billion dollars buys
What Does the New Adelaide Oval Look Like?

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SA's Redbacks Play WA in Sheffield Shield Cricket at Adelaide Oval


The Bupa Sheffield Shield cricket match from November 13-16 2013 brought Adelaide's sporting enthusiasts a great opportunity to see the new look Adelaide oval. It was gratifying to see that entry was free of charge, as more than half a billion dollars of public money has been spent on the project to upgrade the historic oval - around $300 for every man, woman and squalling infant in SA.

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The Unfinished Eastern Grandstand


The Adelaide oval redevelopment has increased its capacity to 54,500, offers a claimed 77% undercover seating, and provides significantly upgraded facilities for both cricket and football. It's also expected to boost the city's economy, presumably transferring jobs from the western suburbs as Football Park falls into disuse.

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The Unfinished Southern Grandstand and Large Video Screen


While work is continuing on the unfinished eastern and southern stands, the western grandstand members' area and northern mound with its video screen and heritage scoreboard are largely complete.

The first day was perfect weather for it - warm and sunny, and thousands of cricket fans streamed to the oval to test the new facilities. Apparently there was a group of football fans too, but they weren't made to feel welcome by the cricket clique. While some areas of the new stands remained closed, your roving reporter was able to access much of the site to bring you glimpses of what's in store on your next visit.

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A Display Showing the Changing Face of Adelaide Oval


I was quite impressed with the new facilities, the seats looked comfortable, there was attractive landscaping, and I was surprised that prices for food and alcohol didn't seem excessive. If you have seen the new facilities at Adelaide oval, let us know what you think of them in the comments.

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A Groundsman Maintains the Cricket Pitch During a Break in Play


Southern Plaza Entrance

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The Ticket Office at the South Plaza Entrance to Adelaide Oval


The new $40m River Torrens footbridge will deliver flocks of fans from the Adelaide casino and railway station precinct directly to the Southern Plaza entrance of the upgraded Adelaide oval. At this stage the bridge is far from ready, reminding me a bit of the South Road Superway skeleton.

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The River Torrens Footbridge Links to Adelaide Casino & Railway Station


An impressive shiny space age looking ticket office will help spectators feel much better about paying their admission fee, and the imposing frontage will make it feel like you're entering a grand temple to sport.

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Adelaide's New Temple to Sport?


Visitors to the back side of the Adelaide oval on Pennington Terrace will see the more modest Clarrie Grimmett entrance, but they can then walk a short distance along the shady boardwalk under the Moreton Bay fig trees to the northern mound.

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The Clarrie Grimmett Entrance on Pennington Terrace


The Northern Mound

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Adelaide Oval's Northern Mound & Heritage Cricket Scoreboard


Apparently it's not only the historic score board, but also the Moreton Bay fig trees and the northern mound are heritage listed by Adelaide City Council. These have been largely untouched in the Adelaide oval redevelopment.

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The Redevelopment Includes a Boardwalk at the Northern End


A new shady boardwalk with toilet facilities passes through the massive old trees.

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St Peter's Cathedral is Still Visible From the Grandstand of Adelaide Oval


Saint Peter's Cathedral is still visible towering over the scoreboard from many areas of the Adelaide oval.

Western Stand & Members' Area

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The Western Grandstand


The western grandstand is an interesting mix of old and new in its architectural style, with some old school ornate SACA lettering at the north end. I'm not sure whether that remains from the previous structure or is new.

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The Architectural Style is a Blend of Old and New


An attractive village green has been established west of the grandstand and is currently home to a couple of statues of cricket greats. It won't be long before the the football league demands equal representation, and no doubt John Rau and Jay Weatherill will appreciate a piece of the action too.

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The Statue of Darren Lehmann on the Village Green


After entering the hallowed member's area one soon encounters guidance on what dress standards are enforced in this area. I notice that SACA bans football shorts, and wondered whether the SANFL will ban cricket wear in retaliation.

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Strict Dress Standards Apply in the Member's Area


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Stairs between Levels Are a Generous Size


Generously wide stairs are cloaked with climbing plants to give the appearance of a living wall, while each lift is rated to carry 43 persons.

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Green Climbers Make the Stairs a Living Wall


Of course escalators are available for transport too, if watching the sport is too tiring.

Disabled spectators needing wheelchair access have specially marked places available with easy concourse access.

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Reserved Places for Wheelchair Access


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Escalators in the Grandstand


What You Won't See

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The Innocuous Entrance to the Server Room


The top floor of the western grandstand hides the holy of holies - Adelaide oval's media centre, together with its nerve centre comprising a high tech hub of audiovisual and computer equipment.

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Perforated Chair Backs Keep Commentators Cool


While the breakfast show boys bicker about whether the media centre should be named after KG Cunningham, it's well fitted out with rooms for radio, TV studios, and of course an area for the hard working scribes of the written press.

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When Cricket is Boring for Media Commentators, Tennis is an Option


When the cricket gets too boring our worthy commentators can take a break and enjoy watching the tennis from the full length picture windows on the western side of the media suite, with unfettered views out to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

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Inside the Players' Dining Room at Adelaide Oval


A couple of floors down is another area you're most unlikely to be welcome - the private Players' Dining Room, where our sporting entertainers can relax and gossip between themselves after a hard morning's sledging on the pitch. Most windows are discreetly veiled so that the hoi polloi can't see whether the food is better than available elsewhere, but it's still possible to get a discreet peek in if you try.

Facilities

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Service Was Quick at this Bar in the Grandstand


The bars all did a good trade in baptising the resurrected oval, and patrons are treated to live feeds of the sporting action while they queue for service.

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Adelaide Oval's Food Menu


The food menu has reflected Adelaide's place in the global food market place. No longer are pies and chips the staple diet for sports fans, with offerings like burritos, nachos and pulled pork buns bringing an international zest.

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You're Within 40 Metres of Food


It's promised that hungry hordes will be no more than 40 metres away from food and beverages at any time, thus contributing to the nation's obesity epidemic.

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Members Only in This Dining Room


The members' dining room has sweeping views over the oval, and is extremely comfortable. It has been thoughtfully carpeted in a shade of burgundy so that noone will notice when you spill your glass of Penfolds Grange.

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Live Video Outside the Toilets


Patrons with a bladder problem will be relieved to know that there is even live video available outside the loos, but I cannot confirm that seats inside come with their own screens.
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Guvna... went to see the cricket but no reports? You should have at least stuck your keys in the new pitch and done a Greigy!
The stadium looks pretty impressive (as it should for $300 per head). Was that fully funded by the government? The reason I ask is that unlike when I was a puppy and used to slip a wee dram of wodka in the orange juice before venturing to adelaide oval... now I think I might have to bulk up with bags of chips instead of wearing the 4 bucks per 45g chippy bag. As an old doggy on a pension, one has to be frugal.... but old doggies can learn new tricks!
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