Adelaide Oval Tours and Museums : Explore Adelaide Oval
What sets Adelaide Oval apart from its competitors? Able to seat 50,000 people, with standing room for 3,500, the Oval is the only permanent venue in South Australia that can cater to crowds of this size. On the flip side we have the ability to accommodate more intimate events for 12, which demonstrates the venue’s great versatility. When it comes to AFL, and national and international cricket, the Oval has been drawing substantially larger crowds to football and cricket matches thanks to our emphasis on providing a more enjoyable and accessible experience on game day. Adelaide Oval is also an ideal venue for major events, such as the Rolling Stones concert and Nitro Circus. The thoughtful design of the redeveloped stadium means 77% of seats are protected from the elements, and every seat is in close proximity to food outlets, bars and toilet facilities. Giant replay screens, integrated audio-visual technology, the DAS upgrade that caters for all 50,000 using their mobile devices at the same time, and a range of hospitality options mean the Oval is unmatched in this state for major events. Our location, just 400 metres from the CBD across the new Riverbank Bridge, makes pedestrian access easy – the journey across the bridge has become part of fans’ pre/post event ritual. The historic aspect of Adelaide Oval is also a unique selling point. The heritage scoreboard on the grassy mound, the fig trees, Bradman Collection and the hallowed turf itself are significant drawcards. Watching sport from the ‘hill ’ is a unique experience that the likes of the MCG and SCG cannot provide. The Hill of Grace Restaurant is also an important point of difference. Believed to be the world’s only fine dining restaurant located within a stadium. Adelaide Oval and the Hill of Grace Restaurant were named in the New York Times article that featured Adelaide as the only city in Australia at number 24 of the top 52 places to visit globally! Adelaide Oval has 23 purpose-built function areas. The size, flexibility and exceptional standards on offer at the Oval are unique in Adelaide and South Australia. What considerations have Adelaide Oval made for special need visitors? Plans for access for disabled patrons were drawn up in consultation with the State Government’s Transport Accessibility Advisory Group (TAAG), to ensure Adelaide Oval is Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant. A series of new initiatives were implemented to further improve access for patrons with a disability at the Oval. These initiatives include: • AOSMA increased the number of daily parking spaces for people with a disability in the northern car park from 35 to 60 • Similarly, AOSMA increased the number of designated parking spaces on the Torrens Parade Ground from 150 to 250 • A new drop-off area for disabled access has been created in the Eastern Plaza • Two temporary covered rest areas have been erected on the Telstra and Eastern plazas, providing designated sheltered areas for patrons with a disability as they access the Oval • Courtesy carts operate along the length of War Memorial Drive and Pennington Terrace to assist patrons in reaching their destination. Adelaide Oval’s on-site parking for people with a disability is now well in excess of that which is specified under the DDA. The entire stadium was constructed with accessibility in mind. Each entry has a wide access gate and an accessible ticket counter. For people with hearing aids, hearing assistance is available via infrared neck loop receivers available at the accessible ticket counters, and many of the function rooms and bars. Wherever there are stairs or escalators there is a lift or ramp nearby. Wheelchair and scooter seating is available on every level, including corporate areas, and provision is made for assistance animals. Toilet facilities feature grabrails and extra space for people walking with sticks or frames, unisex accessible toilets are also located alongside male and female toilets. Tactile ground surface indicators provide warning of nearby hazards for the vision impaired, and signage is designed to be easy to read, using clear text, pictograms and braille. All bars and service counters are at an accessible height, and safe refuge spaces are provided for wheelchair users in the event of an emergency. Companion Cards are accepted at all events.
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