Adelaide Oval Tours and Museums : Explore Adelaide Oval
A brief overview Adelaide Oval has long been one of Australia’s most recognisable and prestigious venues. Its prominent location as the centrepiece of the Adelaide CBD’s revitalised riverbank precinct, along with stunning panoramic views over the city, the Oval’s hallowed turf, St Peter’s Cathedral and beyond, makes Adelaide Oval an outstanding destination. Known the world over as a beautiful and historic sporting venue, the Oval attracts visitors in their thousands from within South Australia, interstate and overseas. Along with sports fans, the Oval has enormous appeal to visitors with an interest in history, culture, food and wine, as well as a large contingent of business travellers. Established as a cricket ground in 1872, Adelaide Oval’s sporting pedigree is among the finest in the world. Football was first played on the Oval in 1877 and the stadium has also hosted rugby league, rugby union, soccer, athletics, archery, hockey and even wrestling. The popularity of track cycling around the turn of the twentieth century faded by 1910, but its influence can still be seen in the Oval’s short boundaries and deep pockets, a legacy of the shape of the track. Adelaide Oval has played host to significant cultural events over the last 140-odd years, including Royal visits and rock concerts. A $535 million redevelopment, completed in 2014, transformed Adelaide Oval into an exemplary modern stadium while retaining its considerable history and charm. The redevelopment also increased the number of purpose-built function spaces from six to 23, giving this world-famous venue unprecedented flexibility in its range of offerings. Adelaide Oval is simultaneously one of the newest in the world and one of the most historic. Design and technology from the 21st century work alongside traditional favourites like the grassy mound, Moreton Bay fig trees and venerable heritage scoreboard at the northern end of the ground to create an atmosphere and experience like no other. Who manages Adelaide Oval? The Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA) is a joint venture between football (South Australian National Football League) and cricket (South Australian Cricket Association). AOSMA employs more than 125 full-time staff, plus 1,700 casual employees, in roles including customer service, chefs, cooks, supervisors, baristas, bar and functions staff and stores attendants, making Adelaide Oval one of the state’s largest single-site employer of food and beverage staff. Refer diagram of AOSMA structure over the page. ADELAIDE OVAL IS SIMULTANEOUSLY ONE OF THE NEWEST IN THE WORLD AND ONE OF THE MOST HISTORIC.
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