The Adelaide Oval is a sports ground in Adelaide, South Australia, located in the parklands between the city centre and North Adelaide. In the 21st Century it has been home to the cricket teams, the South Australian Redbacks and the Adelaide Strikers. It has been home to the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) since 1871. The oval has a rich history which dates back to 1871, shortly after the formation of the SACA, and is considered to be "one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in Australia, if not the World."
The ground is mostly used for cricket and Australian rules football, but plays host to other sports such as Rugby League and Soccer, and is also used as an entertainment venue for performances expecting large attendance. The oval is managed by the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA). In 2006, it had a seating capacity of 36,000. The maximum crowd at a cricket game was 50,962 during the Bodyline test in 1932, and the maximum crowd was 62,543, set at the 1965 SANFL Grand Final between the Port Adelaide and Sturt Football Clubs. A $575 million redevelopment, which will return Australian Rules Football to the city, increase the stadium's capacity to 53,500 and result in the Oval becoming the home venue for both the Adelaide and Port Adelaide Football Clubs, was planned to commence in March 2012.
Adelaide Oval has hosted major concerts during its time, with some of the most famous acts including Fleetwood Mac (1977 & 2004), David Bowie (1978 & 1983), KISS (1980), Madonna & Paul McCartney (1993), Michael Jackson (1996), Billy Joel & Elton John (1998), P!nk (2002), Pearl Jam (2009), AC/DC and Wolfmother (2010) and Foo Fighters (2011).
Major Sporting Events:
- Capacity: 20,000 (expanding to 53,500)
- International cricket
- Domestic cricket
- Australian rules football
- Rugby sevens
- Rugby League