Monday, April 28, 2014

A score of 6 @ the oval!

Ten days ago I was a guest at the Adelaide Oval in South Australia. It is located in the parklands between the city centre and North Adelaide (where I stayed for a week).


The Oval has been headquarters to the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) since 1871 and South Australian National Football League (SANFL) since 2014.

The oval dates back to 1871, and before its redevelopment in 2012 it was considered to be one of the most picturesque test cricket grounds in the world.

The ground is mostly used for cricket and 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 current structure house 32 conference rooms.

In 2006, prior to redevelopment, it had a seating capacity of 34 000. However at a football final the maximum crowd was 62 543 (1965).  A $575 (or R5750) million redevelopment increasing the stadium's seating capacity to 50,083.

What impressed me most was the atmosphere of excitement that filled The Oval complex, even on a match-less night, with only replays on the big screens and the roars of recorded cheers.

For sure, this visit scored a six!
With both the old and new score-boards in the back.