Adelaide Oval

  • The A$450m Adelaide Oval Redevelopment will transform the current facility into a world class stadium.
  • Increasing the ground’s capacity from 34,000 to 52,000.
  • Creating a vibrant environment and promote further development in the Adelaide CBD and along the Riverbank Precinct.
  • The Adelaide Oval Redevelopment was also the recipient of the main prize in the Sports or Leisure structures category at the prestigious IStructE (Institute of Structural Engineers) Awards 2014.

Adelaide Oval has hosted both cricket and football at the highest level since Colonial times and its iconic, historic and cultural presence remains today. Now, after a 40 year absence, football is returning to bring the two sports together again at a newly developed Adelaide Oval.

Transforming the current facility into a world class 52,000 seat stadium, our structural, civil, fire and façade specialists have worked to ensure the heritage and culture of the original ground is maintained, while enhancing atmosphere and spectator experience.

State of the art design technologies have been utilised to deliver two new grandstands rising above a shared podium and basement. The distinctive light weight roof for each stand is designed to enhance the setting within the Parklands and maintain key views towards the Cathedral past the heritage scoreboard. The redevelopment also includes new and improved links and pedestrian connections to the surrounding precinct.

A true multi-sport venue Arup are providing a new field of play for both football and cricket, and improving spectator comfort. Arup’s Sports Field of Play team worked closely with the Adelaide Oval curator to design and document the reconstruction of the turf playing surface, including the controversial conversion from the permanent cricket wicket block to drop-in cricket wickets. The reconstructed oval will now consist of a flat turf playing surface and the profile will be capable of catering for storm events up to 100mm/hr without the loss of play.

The redevelopment will place Adelaide on the global map for a range of international and national entertainment and sporting events.

The project was awarded the 2014 South Australian Engineering Excellence Award for Buildings and Structures and the Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award.

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