1873
50,000
190.2m long, 126.2m wide
Yes
City End, Cathedral End
South Australia
Australian Rules Football (since 1877), Rugby League (1997-1998) as well as archery, athletics, baseball, cycling, american football, highland games, hockey, lacrosse, lawn tennis, rugby union, quoits and soccer
Les Burdett
23:59, Sat Dec 10, 2016 (UTC +1030)
Adelaide Oval
 

Records and statistics

Australia v England - Dec 12-16, 1884 Scorecard
Australia v South Africa - Nov 24-27, 2016 Scorecard
Test records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Australia v West Indies - Dec 20, 1975 Scorecard
Australia v Pakistan - Mar 20, 2015 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Australia v England - Jan 12, 2011 Scorecard
Australia v India - Jan 26, 2016 Scorecard
T20I records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Records index

Profile

The Adelaide Oval remains one of cricket's most picturesque Test venues despite recent developments to increase the capacity and upgrade the facilities. Its position, situated amid gardens and trees and with the spire of St Peter's Cathedral as a backdrop, gives it a quintessentially English feel.

The ground opened in 1873 amid bitter local disputes over boundaries and money, and in its early years the pitches were often dreadful. Things gradually improved, although Adelaide's tendency to attract controversy remained. In 1884-85 it staged its first Test, but that was dogged by arguments with the English tourists over appearance money and who would umpire. In 1932-33, the Bodyline affair reached its nadir at The Oval when Bill Woodfull and Bert Oldfield were struck, and on the third day mounted police patrolled to keep the 50, 962 spectators in order. But these days the pitches are true and disputes rarer.

The ground has hosted many sports other than cricket - the biggest attendance there was 62,543 to watch the 1965 SANFL final between Port Adelaide and Sturt - as well as concerts.

The ground is a true oval, which makes straight sixes a rarity but ones square of the wicket more common. The western public and members grandstands and the famous scoreboard are all items listed on the City of Adelaide Heritage Register, and two news stands finished in 2003 have raised the capacity to 34,000 (for football) and 32,000 for cricket.
Martin Williamson

Fixtures

2016
Wed Dec 21 (20 ovs)          
19:10 local | 08:40 GMT
03:40 EST | 02:40 CST | 00:40 PST
Big Bash League
Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat
Sat Dec 31 (20 ovs)
12:45 local | 02:15 GMT
21:15 EST | 20:15 CST | 18:15 PST
Women's Big Bash League
Adelaide Strikers Women v Perth Scorchers Women
Sat Dec 31 (20 ovs)          
18:40 local | 08:10 GMT
03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST
Big Bash League
Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers
2017
Mon Jan 2 (20 ovs)
12:30 local | 02:00 GMT
21:00 EST | 20:00 CST | 18:00 PST
Women's Big Bash League
Adelaide Strikers Women v Sydney Sixers Women
Tue Jan 3 (20 ovs)
12:30 local | 02:00 GMT
21:00 EST | 20:00 CST | 18:00 PST
Women's Big Bash League
Adelaide Strikers Women v Sydney Sixers Women
Fri Jan 6 (20 ovs)          
18:40 local | 08:10 GMT
03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST
Big Bash League
Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes
Mon Jan 16 (20 ovs)          
19:10 local | 08:40 GMT
03:40 EST | 02:40 CST | 00:40 PST
Big Bash League
Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades
Thu Jan 26 (50 ovs)          
13:50 local | 03:20 GMT
22:20 EST | 21:20 CST | 19:20 PST
5th ODI - Australia v Pakistan
Wed Feb 1 - Sat Feb 4
10:30 local | 00:00 GMT
19:00 EST | 18:00 CST | 16:00 PST
Sheffield Shield
South Australia v Western Australia
Fri Feb 10 - Mon Feb 13
10:30 local | 00:00 GMT
19:00 EST | 18:00 CST | 16:00 PST
Sheffield Shield
South Australia v Victoria
Wed Feb 22 (20 ovs)
14:00 local | 03:30 GMT
22:30 EST | 21:30 CST | 19:30 PST
3rd T20I - Australia Women v New Zealand Women
Wed Feb 22 (20 ovs)          
19:20 local | 08:50 GMT
03:50 EST | 02:50 CST | 00:50 PST
3rd T20I - Australia v Sri Lanka
Sat Feb 25 - Tue Feb 28
10:30 local | 00:00 GMT
19:00 EST | 18:00 CST | 16:00 PST
Sheffield Shield
South Australia v Queensland
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Strikers v Heat at Adelaide
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StrikersWmn v Scorchers Wm at Adelaide
Dec 31, 2016 (12:45 local | 02:15 GMT | 21:15 EST -1d | 20:15 CST -1d | 18:15 PST -1d)
Strikers v Syd Sixers at Adelaide
Dec 31, 2016 (18:40 local | 08:10 GMT | 03:10 EST | 02:10 CST | 00:10 PST)
StrikersWmn v Sixers Women at Adelaide
Jan 2, 2017 (12:30 local | 02:00 GMT | 21:00 EST -1d | 20:00 CST -1d | 18:00 PST -1d)
StrikersWmn v Sixers Women at Adelaide
Jan 3, 2017 (12:30 local | 02:00 GMT | 21:00 EST -1d | 20:00 CST -1d | 18:00 PST -1d)
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