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Adelaide Oval is a famous sports ground in Adelaide that is titled as one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in Australia, if not the world.
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Adelaide Oval was built in 1871 after the formation of the South Australian Cricket Association, and has been its headquarters from the beginning. Then in 1888, a switchback rollercoaster was constructed beside the Adelaide Oval, and picket fence was added around the playing surface of the Oval in 1900. In 1911, a scoreboard designed by Kenneth Milne began service up until today. In 1997, lights were constructed at the ground and allowed sports game to be held at night time. In 2008, the Oval was developed again and the capacity was increased. Then a year later, three original western stands were demolished and were replaced with a new stand in 2010. The last upgrade was began in April 2012 and took two years to complete. The upgrade makes the Eastern Stand can hold up to 19.000, while the overall seating capacity reaches 50.083.
Sir Donald Bradman was the best batsman in the history of cricket, and here in the Adelaide Oval visitors can see The Bradman Collection that includes his personal collection of cricket memorabilia from 1927 to 1977. The collection is actually on loan from the State Library of South Australia, even though it was the wish of Sir Donald that his collections can be displayed in the Adelaide Oval. Here in the world class exhibition, you will not only watch his collections, but also his footage in the theatrette, test your skill in the interactive museum, and other. The collection can be seen every day for free except on Public Holidays and during Event Days.
If you want to learn more about the hidden secrets and relive celebrated moments that happened in Adelaide Oval from sporting, musical, to civic history, then it is suggested to join the Adelaide Oval Tours. Here, you will be guided by the expert volunteers with their captivating stories. Apart from learning by listening, you will also experience runningtto the iconic Adelaide Oval with 50.000 people cheering, climbing the 100-year-old stairs to the heritage-listed scoreboard, or gain an insight to the preparations during match day inside the changing room. You will also get the chance to explore areas that are usually prohibited and learn about the rich history of the sporting arena. Another tour available is the Footy Tour that will take you to a 90-minute walk and hear the stories about the football legends.
The Adelaide Oval has a brand new tour named the Virtual Reality Cricket that will give you the unforgettable experience. Here, you will be the batsman of your own cricket team and hear as thousands of fans are cheering on you. The tour will be given with a custom-designed Vive virtual reality headset and a hand controller, making the tour ideal for students or groups. Other group tours are also available in this site. Those are the Group Stadium Tour that will give you the insight of Adelaide Oval, the Beyond the Boundary Tour that will take you to a historic trip and explore the iconic Western Stand, and the Morning Tea & Stadium Tour where you can enjoy the morning or afternoon tea in one of unique function spaces of the Adelaide Oval.
One of the most popular attractions in the Adelaide Oval is the RoofClimb, a challenging and unforgettable experience with a wide range of climb possibilities. Go to the top and see the mesmerizing twilight views, sparkling city light, or the blue sky in a clear hot day. By signing up for the RoofClimb adventure, you will get a 2 hour guided tour, a dedicated roofclimb leader, comprehensive health and safety briefing before you go up, a custom roofclimb suit, safety harness and audio system with over-ear piece to listen to entertaining local commentary. You will also get a more intimate group size as the tour can only be joined by a maximum of 14 people in one go. The tour is available during daytime, on twilight, and at night that will be combined with a dinner.
How to Get Tickets?
If you just want to visit for sightseeing, then you don't need any ticket to go inside. However, if you want to join the guided tour, then you must book in advance through its official website.
How To Get Around?
To get around the Adelaide Oval, you will have to go by foot.
What Should I Wear?
There is no recommended dress code for visiting the Adelaide Oval. However, it is better to wear comfortable clothes because you will walk a lot. Please consider the weather as well before you are going.
Best Time to Visit
It depends on your purpose of visiting. If you are going for sightseeing, then you better check the schedule of the event to avoid the crowd. Generally, it is better to make a visit between September through November because rainfall is rare but the weather is not so hot.
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Will I Need a Guide?
If you want to know more, then it is better to have a guided tour. You can also join the RoofClimb activity. However, if you just want to take photos, then you won't need a guide to get around.
How To Get There?
If you are driving a car, then you can park at the Wilson Parking or the Upark at Topham Mall that is located near the site. If you are going to use public transport, then you can take the metro to get to the site. You can also download the Adelaide Oval app to get assistance to go there.