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
13:57, Wed Jul 08, 2015 (UTC +0930)
Adelaide Oval
 

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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 Pakistan - Mar 20, 2015 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

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2015
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3rd Test - Australia v New Zealand
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A general view of the Adelaide Oval, India v Pakistan, World Cup 2015, Group B, Adelaide, February 15, 2015
A general view of the Adelaide Oval
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Indian fans enjoy themselves at the Adelaide Oval, India v Pakistan, World Cup 2015, Group B, Adelaide, February 15, 2015
Indian fans enjoy themselves at the Adelaide Oval
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The redeveloped Adelaide Oval saw a record crowd of 52,633, Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers, BBL 2014-15, semi-final, Adelaide, January 24, 2015
The redeveloped Adelaide Oval saw a record crowd of 52,633
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Only 11 overs were possible at Adelaide Oval due to rain, Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder, BBL 2014-15, Adelaide, January 12, 2015
Only 11 overs were possible at Adelaide Oval due to rain
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