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Published April 7th 2014
Is Adelaide now on the map?
The atmosphere was electric as soon as you step off the train and merge with the many spectators crossing the new foot bridge. There it is…the new look Adelaide Oval. Will it be worth it?
There it is!
As an avid Crows supporter and a sceptic to the new home for the Adelaide Football Club, I knew I had to keep an open mind for the Crows first home game and the new location and facilities.
We came out of Adelaide train station to see the footbridge in the distance lined with big round balloons in the team colours and with a sea of red, yellow and blue crossing it.
The colours are electric
A pop up bar was to the left of us with Regattas Bistro and bar entrance down the walk way a bit allowing people the opportunity for a pre-game drink or bite to eat.
Looking back...The City of Adelaide celebrates the Crows first home game at Adelaide Oval
Continuing over the bridge, you don't notice the areas still under construction, you just notice the amazing new Adelaide icon in front of you. It almost makes you feel like you are in Melbourne, approaching Etihad Stadium or the MCG. Arriving closer to the gates, there are statues of iconic footballers and signs featuring Adelaide sporting heroes.
[ADVERT]Entering the stadium was easy with our season tickets. Plenty of doors and ticket turn styles to use, perfect for ushering in big crowds.Once inside you do really feel like you are no longer in Adelaide anymore. It actually reminded me a lot of Madison Square Garden. Regardless it was amazing to think that on first impressions, Adelaide has gotten it right and this looks like it can be one of the best sporting and entertainment complexes in Australia.
The signage to find stands and seats is clear as well as clear signs for toilets and lifts and elevators. There are also a lot of Adelaide Oval employees to offer directions and answer questions.
We began wandering around to see what Adelaide Oval was going to offer its football fans in the way of food and drink. And boy is there a selection. Much better than the former home ground, AAMI Stadium. Of course there is the standard pies and beer but here they are offering more diverse options such as a pulled pork roll and salt and pepper squid. And much healthier pre made options such as sandwiches and fruit salad.
We also stumbled upon a cafe style area where coffee and Balfours sweet items can be purchased as well as made to order food. Barossa Fine Foods had a few pop up stands for their gourmet hot dogs. Whilst the prices are still quite expensive the choice is greater and the hot chips size a lot bigger, offering more for your money. Bars are either stand alone or sharing the space with hot food purchases. You certainly don't have to walk far for food or drink no matter where you are situated.
Once at our seats, we were convinced that Adelaide had done us proud as not only were were looking over a state of the art stadium but we could still see the rich heritage of this amazing state with the Northern Mound still in tact surrounded by the Moreton Bay fig trees.
panoramic view from our seats
The heritage listed scoreboard also stood proudly, featuring a welcome sign to The 19th Man and showing off the score throughout the game.
From the buzz of the crowd I think it is safe to say that all the teething problems of the oval and the Adelaide Football Club have definitely been worth it. I cannot wait to come back here for future Crows home games and other events and I am excited to see how the Riverbank precinct will look once completed. Yes, Adelaide you have done us proud and it was all worth it.