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The Ultimate Adelaide Oval Experience

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by Graeme Fanning (subscribe)
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Published August 31st 2015
Be bowled over with a iconic tour of Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Oval Tours

Adelaide Oval has been an integral part of Adelaide since the 1870's and has hosted world class sporting events including Test Cricket and the Ashes series, one-day cricket as well as Australian Rules Football games.

With capacity for almost 54,000 people, the Stadium offers state-of-the-art facilities for both the general public and corporate clients.

Attending a sporting event or musical concert is one experience never to be forgotten, but how about a behind-the-scenes tour of the entire Adelaide Oval precinct?

Adelaide Oval
View of Adelaide Oval

What type of experience does a tour give?

A tour through the Adelaide Oval complex by experienced, passionate Adelaide Oval guides allows the visitor to see and hear stories that would not normally be heard.

Not only is the history covered, but also stories of some of the notable sportspeople who have played there over the years.

Also areas that are not normally accessed by the public are covered including player's rooms, corporate facilities, media areas and the iconic scoreboard.

Adelaide Oval
View of Spectator Stand

The Scoreboard

The opportunity to visit into the "bowels" of the scoreboard, dating from 1911, is a highlight in itself. The fact that it is still utilised today with the same mechanical technology and still using mainly original machinery is both unique and fascinating.

Ii is incredible to explore the 4 levels within the complex by stairs and gain a sense of what it is like for the scorers to work in that environment, especially during the hot summer season.

Adelaide Oval

The Sheffield Shield Room

Another highlight of the tour is a viewing of the Sheffield Shield Room which is located on the ground floor of the Western Stand, and pays homage to South Australia's cricketing heritage.

The history of cricket in this state is told in a series of interpretive posters and memorabilia is also on display, such as cricket bats, jackets, caps etc, together with stories about South Australia's iconic cricketers.

Adelaide Oval
Cricket at Adelaide Oval 1897 Source: State Library of South Australi 7540

Bradman Collection

Separate to the tour is the Bradman Collection, which highlights the journey and many achievements of Donald Bradman, our most successful batsman. All of the collection is on loan from the State Library of South Australia and is free to view.

The collection is open Monday to Friday (except for Public Holidays and Event Days) from 9 am to 4 pm and is located in the Riverbank Stand, South entrance.

Adelaide Oval
Cricket at Adelaide Oval 1928 Source: State Library of South Australi 1316/4/273

Details of Tour

Adelaide Oval Stadium tours operate from Monday through Saturday on non-event days (not on Public Holidays) and are offered at 10 am, 11 am & 2 pm (Monday to Friday) and 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm (Saturdays).

Although walk-ins are usually not a problem, it is advisable to book as the tours are very popular and fill fast. The contact number for bookings is (08) 8205 4700 or can booked online via the website.

Tours depart from the foyer of the Riverbank Stand, South entrance.

Prices are: Adult $22, Concession $17, Children (5 to 15 yrs) $12

Adelaide Oval
View of Adelaide Oval from Montefiore Hill
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Why? Opportunity to tour the Adelaide Oval Stadium facility
When: Monday to Friday 10 am, 11 am & 2 pm Saturday 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm
Phone: 08 82054700
Where: War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide SA 5006
Cost: Adult $22, Concession $17, Children (5 to 15 yrs) $12
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