2012 Review
 
1873
31000 (approx)
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
08:16, Mon Dec 22, 2014 (UTC +1030)
Adelaide Oval
 

Records and statistics

Australia v England - Dec 12-16, 1884 Scorecard
Australia v India - Dec 9-13, 2014 Scorecard
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Australia v West Indies - Dec 20, 1975 Scorecard
Australia v England - Jan 26, 2014 Scorecard
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Australia v England - Jan 12, 2011 Scorecard
Australia v South Africa - Nov 5, 2014 Scorecard
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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

2014
Wed Dec 31 (20 ovs)
Australian Women's Twenty20 Cup
South Australia Women v Tasmania Women
Wed 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 Hobart Hurricanes
2015
Tue 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 Perth Scorchers
Mon Jan 12 (20 ovs)
Australian Women's Twenty20 Cup
South Australia Women v New South Wales Women
Mon Jan 12 (20 ovs)          
19:10 local | 08:40 GMT
03:40 EST | 02:40 CST | 00:40 PST
Big Bash League
Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder
Sun Feb 8 (50 ovs)          
14:00 local | 03:30 GMT
22:30 EST | 21:30 CST | 19:30 PST
Australia v India
Tue Feb 10 (50 ovs)          
14:00 local | 03:30 GMT
22:30 EST | 21:30 CST | 19:30 PST
Afghanistan v India
Sun Feb 15 (50 ovs)          
14:00 local | 03:30 GMT
22:30 EST | 21:30 CST | 19:30 PST
ICC Cricket World Cup
4th Match, Pool B - India v Pakistan
Mon Mar 9 (50 ovs)          
14:00 local | 03:30 GMT
23:30 EDT | 22:30 CDT | 20:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
33rd Match, Pool A - England v Bangladesh
Sun Mar 15 (50 ovs)          
14:00 local | 03:30 GMT
23:30 EDT | 22:30 CDT | 20:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
42nd Match, Pool B - Ireland v Pakistan
Fri Mar 20 (50 ovs)          
14:00 local | 03:30 GMT
23:30 EDT | 22:30 CDT | 20:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
3rd Quarter-Final - TBC v TBC (A3 v B2)
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