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“Great T20 cricket venue”
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Owner description: Adelaide Oval is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque sporting grounds in the world. Home to cricket, football, concerts, functions and major events.
Adelaide, Australia
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23 reviews
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“Great T20 cricket venue”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

We went as a family to watch the 2020 cricket on New Years Eve and found the new stadium clean, modern and easy to find our way around. The entrance was well staffed with welcoming, helpful people who kept the crowds moving through- no having to wait around in long lines. There's stairs, an escalator or lifts for easy access to upper levels of the stadium. We were on the south side of the stadium, in the highest stand. This was a great view and although being up high you didn't miss out on the action. We didn't buy food (brought our own) but the food facilities and toilets were close to the entrances to the stadium so you wouldn't waste time trying to find your way to them. We also brought along bottles of water because it was hot weather and was good to have our own water at hand. We'd been the previous year (when it was still being built) and sat on the north side, down low. It was good to bring a hat and/or sunnies because until the sun went down behind the stadium it was very hot. It's sad to say goodbye to the old oval and all its history, but I'm not disappointed by the new one.

Visited December 2013
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Queensland, Australia
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“Great tour with bonus of Donald Bradman museum”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

We did the Adelaide Oval tour on a recent trip to Adelaide. Not being a cricket fan (unlike hubby) I tagged along anyway. Loved the museum dedicated to Donald Bradman and we both found it very interesting. The tour of the facilities was also very interesting especially the dressing rooms, press rooms, corporate suites and the old scoreboard. Seeing the Sheffield Shield was a bonus. Both guides were very knowledgable. Well worth a visit, even if you aren't a cricket lover.

Visited December 2013
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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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“Modern and fresh stadium for cricket”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

Great venue to hold the Ashes Test Match, partially under construction. To be completed in full early 2014. All the staff there were welcoming, friendly and helpful. Great access. A great stadium with a great future. Shame about the history having been torn down but guess that it progress to some. Good views all round. Impressive. Pity England were poor and deservedly got stuffed by the better side, grrrr!

Visited December 2013
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“It's awful”
Reviewed December 13, 2013

The AFL has really ruined this once lovely cricket oval. Test cricket is not the same to watch here - you can be at any other horrible grandstand in Australia, rather than the quaint seating that was Adelaide Oval.

Visited December 2013
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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“Spectacular New Ground Development but don't hold your breath for a coffee.”
Reviewed December 13, 2013

We came to watch the second Ashes Test Match in the 2013-14 series. Its unfortunate that the East Stand was not completed in time. It gave a bizarre spectacle with cherry pickers in place on the upper levels ready to install seats on the barren concrete stand. However, the South Stand is spectacular. The entrance at the ground floor is more in-keeping with a good quality hotel rather than a sports venue, such is the quality of the finish and the decoration. The spectator is taken to the upper levels by escalators and lifts; no spartan breeze block here nor the long trudge up concrete steps or ramps that are found in other recent sports ground developments. During the test match, attendance rose to around 39,000. When the East Stand is complete I understand the ground capacity will rise to nearly 60,000.
The view from the top of the stand is good. Although seating at the top of the stand is well above the playing area, the view is good. Access to the stand is also good, eradicating the need for queues. Bag searches were conducted efficiently in front of the turnstiles. The complaint I have relates to catering arrangements. I understand the ground development has cost in the region of AUSD530m. I would have liked them to spend a few extra thousand dollars creating sufficient coffee stands to meet demand. While there were beer and cocktail serverys aplenty, with staff standing idly by, coffee serverys were not all open and the queues took an hour to be served. People queued and as they got to the point of being served the servery would be closed because of running out of water, milk or coffee, or staff were moved elsewhere. On the first day of the match we thought it was a teething problem which would be resolved during the following few days. However, nothing changed. Staff who had been working as barristas on the first day were seen checking tickets on subsequent days while other, inexperienced staff were making the same mistakes that their colleagues had made on the first day. They had not learned and service was as bad on the last day of the match as it had been on the first day. In the end, people gave up trying to get coffee.
So much good work was undone because of a lack of attention to detail. The stand may be good but if spectators are not catered for there will be many complaints.

Visited December 2013
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