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Adelaide Oval
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Top: Aerial view of the Oval in April 2014.
Bottom: Scoreboard on "The Hill" and St Peter's Cathedral.
Location War Memorial Drive, Adelaide, South Australia
Coordinates 34°54′56″S 138°35′46″E / 34.91556°S 138.59611°E / -34.91556; 138.59611Coordinates: 34°54′56″S 138°35′46″E / 34.91556°S 138.59611°E / -34.91556; 138.59611
Owner South Australian Government
Operator Adelaide Oval SMA Ltd
Capacity 53,583 (3,500 standing on hill)[1]
Field size 167 x 124 metres (Australian rules football) [2]
Opened 1871
Test Match
· Australia
· Australia
First Class
· South Australia
· South Australia
· Australia
· Adelaide Strikers
Australian rules football
· Port Adelaide Football Club
· Adelaide Football Club
· South Adelaide Football Club
· West Adelaide Football Club
· Port Adelaide Football Club
· Sturt Football Club
· Australia
· Adelaide United
Rugby League
· Adelaide Rams
Rugby Union
· Rugby World Cup
American football
· US Servicemen

(1884 – present)

(1975 – present)

(1877 – present)

(2011 – present)
(2011 – present)

(2011, 2014 – present)
(2014 – present)

(1882-1903, 1905-94)

(2014 – present)




Adelaide Oval is a stadium in Adelaide, South Australia, located in the parklands between the city centre and North Adelaide.

The stadium is mostly used for cricket and football, but also plays host to rugby league, rugby union, soccer, and concerts. Its record crowd for cricket was 52,533 during the 2014–15 Big Bash League season semi final between the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers, and its overall record attendance was 62,543 at the 1965 SANFL Grand Final between the Port Adelaide and Sturt Football Clubs.

The Oval has been headquarters to the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) since 1871 and South Australian National Football League (SANFL) since 2014.[3] The stadium is managed by the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA). Redevelopments between 2008 and 2014, costing $575 million, increased the stadium's seating capacity from 34,000[4] to 53,583 (including standing room).[1][5] The Adelaide and Port Adelaide Football Clubs also returned to the stadium, leaving Football Park.[6]

In 2010, called the Adelaide Oval "one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in Australia, if not the world."[7] In December 2009 South Australian Premier Mike Rann announced a $450 million government commitment to redevelop Adelaide Oval to enable AFL Football to be played there.[8] In May 2011 Treasurer Kevin Foley announced an increase in government funding to $535 million.[9] After the redevelopment, sports journalist Gerard Whateley described it as "the most perfect piece of modern architecture because it's a thoroughly contemporary stadium with all the character that it's had in the past."[10]


A view of a football match at Adelaide Oval during the 1880s from Montefiore Hill.
Adelaide Oval from the Cathedral Spire in 1902. A game between SA and NSW is in progress. The velodrome cycling track is visible.
Australia vs England during the third test in 1902.
View of the Oval in 2006, prior to the stadium's redevelopment
Chappell stands packed during the Ashes, December 2006, prior to redevelopment
  • 1871 - The ground was established in 1871 after the formation of SACA. Among those responsible for the original construction were John Pickering (son of Hon. John Pickering) and Henry Sparks.[11]
  • 1877 - The first South Australian Football Association match (later renamed the SANFL) that took place on the ground was between Adelaide Football Club (1860-1893) and the Bankers (1877). Adelaide won the match 4 goals to 1.[12]
  • 1877 - The first first-class cricket match played at the ground between South Australia and Tasmania on 10 and 12 November 1877. South Australia was victorious, winning by an innings and 13 runs.[13]
  • 1878 - The first century (102 not out for North Adelaide against the Kent Club) was scored by John Hill on 30 January 1878.[14] John was the father of the great Clem Hill.
  • 1884 - The first Test match played at the Oval was held from 12–16 December 1884. England beat Australia by eight wickets. (Scorecard)
  • 1885 - The first football game lit by electric light was conducted on the evening of 1 July 1885.[15]
  • 1889 - The first Grand Final in a major Australian rules football competition was played between Norwood and Port Adelaide. Norwood won the game 7.4 (7) to 5.9 (5).[16]
  • 1894 - In 1894–95 Albert Trott collected 8/43 on debut against England, the best ever single-innings Test match figures at the ground.
  • 1900 - The picket fence was put up surrounding the Oval (then with a cycling track) in 1900.
  • 1911 - From 5–12 August 1911 the Australian Football Council Carnival was played at the ground, won by South Australia. The competing sides were SA, VFL, VFA, Western Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales.
  • 1911 - The Adelaide Oval scoreboard, designed by architect Kenneth Milne, began service on 3 November 1911. The clock was added in 1912 and the windvane in the 1930s.
  • 1914 - The Port Adelaide Football Club defeated the Carlton Football Club for their fourth Championship of Australia title defeating the Victorian side by 34 points, 9.16 (70) to 5.6 (36).
  • 1931 - In 1931–32 Donald Bradman scored the highest score ever at the ground in Test Cricket, compiling 299* against South Africa. In the same game, Clarrie Grimmett collected fourteen wickets, the most ever taken in a Test match at the ground by a bowler.
  • 1932 - In 1932–33, the Bodyline affair reached its lowest point at the ground when Bill Woodfull and Bert Oldfield were struck, and on the third day mounted police patrolled to keep the 50,962 spectators in order (a record crowd for cricket at the ground). The total attendance for the match was 174,351.
  • 1946 - In 1946–47, Arthur Morris of Australia, and Denis Compton of England both made centuries in both innings of the Test.
  • 1947 - In 1947–48 Australia scored 674 against India, the highest team total at the ground in Test matches.
  • 1958 - 1n 1958 Blackburn Football Club beat Australia 1-0 during the first Association football match on the ground.[17]
  • 1960 - Australia played the West Indies in the fourth test of the Frank Worrell Trophy, 1960–61. The match ended in a draw, with the West Indies unable to take the final wicket of the fourth innings, as the last batsmen Ken Mackay and Lindsay Kline held out for 109 minutes. West Indies bowler Lance Gibbs took the only ever Test cricket hat trick at the ground in Australia's first innings. (Scorecard)
  • 1965 - The ground record attendance of 62,543 people was recorded for the 1965 SANFL Grand Final between Port Adelaide and Sturt.
  • 1972 - The North Adelaide Football Club defeated the Carlton Football Club to be crowned Champions of Australia defeating the Victorian side by one point 10.13 (73) to 10.12 (72) in what would be the last time a non-Victorian football side won a national championship until the expansion of the VFL.
  • 1975 - In 1975–76 the ground hosted its first One-Day International match. The match was between Australia and West Indies (40-over match), and Australia won by 5 wickets. (Scorecard)
  • 1978 - In 1978, the ground hosted the first concert by David Bowie in the Southern Hemisphere. It was the first large scale outdoor concert he had ever played.
  • 1982 - In October 1982, vs Victoria, David Hookes hit a 43-minute, 34 ball century – by some metrics the fastest hundred in history. (Statistics)
  • 1991 - South Australia compiled the highest fourth innings winning total in Sheffield Shield history, reaching 6/506 (set 506 to win) against Queensland in 1991–92.
  • 1992 - In 1992–93 the West Indies defeated Australia by one run in the fourth test of the Frank Worrell Trophy, when a bouncer by Courtney Walsh brushed Craig McDermott's glove to end a 40-run last-wicket partnership. It was the narrowest victory ever in Test cricket. (Scorecard)
  • 1997 - Lights were constructed at the ground in 1997, allowing sport to be held at night. This was the subject of a lengthy dispute with the Adelaide City Council, due to environmental issues relating to the parklands area. The first towers erected were designed to retract into the ground; however one collapsed and they were replaced with permanent towers. The first cricket match under lights was a One Day International between South Africa and New Zealand on 6 December 1997. (Scorecard)
  • 1999 - In 1999, Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was called for throwing by umpire Ross Emerson in a One Day International against England. The Sri Lankan team almost abandoned the match, but after instructions from the president of the Sri Lankan cricket board (relayed to captain Arjuna Ranatunga by mobile phone) the game resumed.
  • 2003 - In 2003, two matches of the Rugby World Cup were played at Adelaide Oval, with Australia thrashing Namibia 142–0, and Ireland defeating Argentina by one point.
  • 2006 - During the 2006/2007 Ashes series, many temporary stands were erected to cope with the demand for tickets. Stands were put between the Chappell stands and on the top of the hills. Australia beat England by 6 wickets on a remarkable last day. (Scorecard)
  • 2009 - On 2 December 2009, the South Australian government announced it would commit funding to redevelop Adelaide Oval into a multi-purpose sports facility that would bring AFL football to central Adelaide.[18] Announcing an agreement negotiated with SACA, SANFL and the AFL, Premier Mike Rann committed $450 million to the project.[19] Making the announcement Mr Rann said that "Adelaide Oval is an icon of this city and this State. Rather than building yet another stadium at massive cost, the South Australian government will contribute significantly to this upgrade".[20] Mr Rann also gave an undertaking that the historic Oval's key heritage features-including the century old scoreboard, Northern mound 'outer', open 'cathedral end' and Moreton Bay Fig trees would be retained in the redevelopment.[21]
  • 2010 - In late 2010, the Western Grandstand with a seating capacity of 14,000, was completed.
  • 2011 - In May 2011, following a vote by SACA members in favour of the redevelopment of the oval, the South Australian government increased its funding commitment to $535 million.[22]
  • 2013 - In late 2013, the new Southern Stand was completed with a capacity of 14,000 as well as parts of the first floor of the eastern stand.
  • 2014 - In March 2014, the new Eastern Stand was fully completed with a total capacity of 19,000, bringing the overall seating capacity of the stadium to 50,083.[23]
  • 2014 - The first Showdown between Port Adelaide and the Adelaide to be held at the ground was played on 29 March 2014, Port Adelaide won the game by 55 points. It was also the first event at the ground since the completion of the redevelopment.
  • 2014 - On 7 September 2014, the ground hosted its first ever AFL finals game, an Elimination Final between Port Adelaide and Richmond.[24] Port Adelaide won by 57 points in front of 50,618 fans.[25]
  • 2014 - On 21 September 2014, the ground hosted its first SANFL Grand Final since 1973. Norwood defeated Port Adelaide by 4 points in front of 38,644 fans to win their third premiership in succession, the first time they had achieved this since 1887–89. This was the largest SANFL attendance since the 1999 Grand Final attracted 39,135 to AAMI Stadium. Coincidentally the 1999 game was played between the same two clubs.
  • 2014 - On 10 December 2014, Michael Clarke scored his 7th century on the ground, the most test cricket centuries by any player on the oval.

Oval layout[edit]

The Oval in December 2010, prior to its redevelopment
The Oval in March 2014, following its redevlopment

The oval dimensions were originally 190m x 125m,[26] both unusually long and unusually narrow for an Australian cricket/football ground. The arrangement was highly favourable for batsmen who played square of the wicket, and heavily penalised bowlers who delivered the ball short or wide so that the batsman could play cut, hook or pull shots. Before the far ends in front of and behind the wicket were roped off, making the playing area shorter, it was not uncommon for batsmen to hit an all-run four or even occasionally a five.[27]

Historically, the Adelaide Oval's integral pitch was generally very good for batting, and offering little assistance to bowlers until the last day of a match. Since the redevelopment in 2013, a drop-in pitch has been used at the venue.[28]

  • The playing area is surrounded by a white picket fence and advertising billboards.
  • The Hill was created in 1898 with earth from the banks of the River Torrens.
  • The scoreboard was first used in 1911 and still shows its original Edwardian architecture.
  • There were three western stands from around the start of the 20th century, all of which were demolished in 2009:
  • Two grandstands, named the Chappell Stands, after the South Australian cricketing brothers Ian Chappell, Greg Chappell and Trevor Chappell were completed in 2003.
  • The Sir Donald Bradman stand was built in 1990 to replace the John Creswell stand and provided up to date facilities for spectators. This stand was demolished in April 2012.
  • The scoreboard is listed on the City of Adelaide Heritage Register, helping to maintain the charm of the ground.
  • All stands built at the ground prior to the redevelopment have been demolished to make way for the new stands.
  • With the 2011 redevelopment of the Western Stand, the oval dimensions changed to 183m x 134m, making it more suitable for Australian Rules Football, for which the playing field dimensions will be 167m x 124m.
  • The Eastern and Southern stand redevelopments, to be completed in March 2014, resulted in the ground's permanent configuration being 167 x 124m from boundary to boundary


Western stand construction at Adelaide Oval on 10 July 2010

Western stand redevelopment[edit]

In August 2008 the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) announced that it had approved plans to redevelop the ground, involving expanding its capacity to 40,000. Development plans showed a reconfiguration of the playing surface and a remodelled western stand. The redevelopment would make the ground a viable option for hosting Australian Football League games as well as international soccer and rugby. The state and federal Governments each pledged $25m to the project, leaving the SACA to raise at least $45m. The SACA planned for the new stand to be ready in time for the 2010–11 Ashes series.[29] The Western grandstands were torn down in June 2009[30] and a single Western stand was developed in its place ahead of the 2010-11 Ashes series.[31] The new Western stand incorporates 14,000 individual seats and features improved shading conditions and amenities for SACA members.[32]

2010 state election proposals[edit]

In the lead up to the 2010 South Australian state election, the opposition Liberal Party announced that, if elected, it would build with a new stadium with a roof, located at Riverside West at the site of the state government's new hospital location.[33][34] The incumbent Labor Party subsequently announced it would fund a $450 million upgrade and redevelopment of the whole of Adelaide Oval, rather than just the Western Grand Stand.[35] Labor narrowly won re-election at the 2010 state election, resulting in its Adelaide Oval upgrade policy going ahead though eventually for a steeper $535 million, of which this deal included the State Government clearing the SACA's (South Australian Cricket Association) $85 million debt..

SACA and SANFL joint redevelopment[edit]

New Western Stands during Day 3 of the second 2010–11 Ashes Series Test match.
Demolition of the Sir Donald Bradman stand as part of redevelopment, April 2012
View from the hill post redevelopment with the Riverbank and Eastern Stands included, December 2014

The Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA), a joint venture of SACA and the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), was registered as a company on 23 December 2009 following the re-announcement of the plan.[36] The AOSMA has eight directors, four associated with SACA (Ian McLachlan-Chair, John Harnden, Creagh O’Connor & John Bannon) and four with SANFL (Leigh Whicker-CEO, Rod Payze, Philip Gallagher & Jamie Coppins).[37]

However, in early-mid-2010, prior to the election, it became clear that $450m would be inadequate. Following the 2010 state election, SA Premier Mike Rann capped the State Government's commitment, saying: "It's $450 million – and not a penny more", and set a deadline for the parties to agree.[38] In May, Treasurer Kevin Foley announced that "the Government's final offer to the SANFL and SACA for the redevelopment" was $535 million, and the deadline was extended to August 2010.[39] Simultaneously, the SACA and the SANFL were in the process of negotiating an agreement that would enable Australian Rules Football (AFL) to use Adelaide Oval during the AFL season as their home ground.[40][41][42][43] In August 2010, SANFL and SACA representatives signed letters of intent committing to the project, including the capped $535 million offer from the state government.[44]

The redevelopment included a $40 million pedestrian bridge across the River Torrens to link the Adelaide railway station precinct with the Adelaide Oval precinct, which was partially completed for the Ashes cricket series in December 2013 and fully completed ahead of the 2014 AFL season.[45][46]

Debate continued on whether the Adelaide Crows would move from Football Park (AAMI Stadium) to Adelaide Oval, or continue to use AAMI Stadium as their home ground. With the move to Adelaide Oval, it is expected that AAMI will withdraw their sponsorship, and the land around Football Park will be rezoned to allow the SANFL (the owners of Football Park) to profit from the rezoning.[47]

The stands at Football Park will be demolished, but the Adelaide Football Club Administrative offices, CrowsMania (Adelaide Football Clubs merchandise store), the Oval itself and the surrounding area will stay.[48] In early 2011, the AFL, SANFL, SACA, the SA Government and the Australian Government reached an agreement to upgrade Adelaide Oval. The SACA and the SANFL proposed, if SACA members vote yes on the upgrade in early May, that the whole Stadium will undergo redevelopment, except for the Northern Mound, the Moreton Bay Fig trees and the scoreboard, which will stay as it is because of it being under heritage listing. A two-thirds majority of SACA members were required to vote in favour of the proposed upgrade for it to ahead, with a successful vote resulting in the SANFL and AFL having control over the stadium for 7 months of the year and SACA having control for 5 months of the year.

SACA members had the choice of voting online on 28 April 2011 or attending in person an Extraordinary Meeting at the Adelaide Showgrounds on 2 May 2011. At 6pm, 28 April 2011, It was announced that 60% of SACA members that voted online voted yes, 15% short of the Majority vote needed for the upgrade to go ahead. At 10.15pm, on 2 May 2011, at the Adelaide Showgrounds, the final result was announced. 80.37% of total votes cast were in favour of Adelaide Oval being redeveloped, resulting in the upgrade and stadium reconfiguration being approved.[49] The upgrade commenced in April 2012, and was finished in time for the 2014 AFL season.[1]

All stands of the Oval were redeveloped and upgraded except for the already rebuilt Western grandstand (SACA and SANFL members only stand), the Northern Mound, the Historic Scoreboard and the Moreton Bay fig trees. The Northern Mound, the Moreton Bay fig trees and the Scoreboard are all heritage listed and will likely never be demolished unless damaged beyond repair.[50]

SACA Members Vote[51]
Concerns redevelopment of Adelaide Oval†
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 10,078 80.37
No 2,461 19.63
Total votes 12,539 100.00

† Note that a 75% threshold was required in order for approval to be granted


Sporting events[edit]

The Oval seen from the west, 2012
Statue of Donald Bradman outside the Oval

Adelaide Oval hosts the following major sporting events:

  • International cricket — Test and One Day International. Adelaide Oval hosts some of the many exciting events in the cricketing calendar — including the annual Australia Day One Day International on 26 January (replacing a traditional Australia Day test) and every 4 years, one of the 5 Ashes test matches against England. The tests are now normally held in early December and is a clash between Australia and the international touring team of that particular season. In 2011, Adelaide Oval held its first Twenty20 International between Australia and England, a match which England won by 1 wicket.
  • Rugby league – In 1991, the NSWRL came to Adelaide Oval when the St. George Dragons played the Balmain Tigers on a cold and wet Friday night under temporary lights in the first of five games that the Dragons would play at the oval over the next five years. That game, with the Dragons winning 16–2, set a rugby league record crowd for the ground when 28,884 people attended, and was in fact the highest minor round attendance for the 1991 NSWRL season (beaten only by four of the six Finals series games including the Grand Final). In 1997 Adelaide got its own side in the much vaunted (but short lived) Super League competition with the Adelaide Rams. Their first home game attracted their record crowd when 27,435 saw the Rams defeat SL's other new team, the Hunter Mariners 10–8. However, after disputes over money (and dwindling crowds due to poor on-field results) they left the ground in 1998 and moved to Hindmarsh Stadium. In the 2010 and 2011 National Rugby League seasons, Sydney club the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs played home games at the Oval against the Melbourne Storm. The Bulldogs had intended to make Adelaide Oval their second "home" (the club plays its home games at Sydney's Olympic Stadium), but the plan was abandoned after 2010.

Aside from the main sports of cricket and Australian rules football, 14 sports have been played at one time or another at the oval: archery, athletics, baseball, cycling, American football, highland games, hockey, lacrosse, lawn tennis, rugby league, rugby union, quoits, soccer and Motorcycle racing.


Adelaide Oval has hosted major concerts during its time, with some of the most famous acts including Fleetwood Mac (1977 & 2004), David Bowie (1978 & 1983), KISS (1980), Madonna and Paul McCartney (1993), Michael Jackson (1996), Billy Joel and Elton John (1998),[52] P!nk (2002), Pearl Jam (2009), AC/DC and Wolfmother (2010) and Foo Fighters (2011).[53]

The Rolling Stones were due to play a concert at the Adelaide Oval on 22 March 2014.[54] This would have been the first major event at the fully redeveloped venue, but it was postponed due to the death of lead singer Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott in New York on 17 March. The rescheduled concert took place on 25 October 2014.[55]

Transport Access[edit]

Public transport access
Service Station/Stop Line/Route Walking Distance
from Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Metro Buses Aiga bus trans.svg King William Rd West
Montefiore Rd West
26 Routes
7 Routes
300 m (4 mins)
550m (7 mins)
Adelaide Metro Trains BSicon BAHN.svg Adelaide 6 Lines 550 m (7 mins)
Adelaide Metro Trams BSicon TRAM.svg Adelaide Glenelg 650 m (8 mins)
Airport Shuttle Bus Aiga bus trans.svg Adelaide Bradman Dr 550 m (13+7 mins)

AFL Records[edit]

Attendance records[edit]

View from helicopter of the 1965 SANFL Grand Final with a record 62,543 crowd witnessing Port Adelaide 12.8 (80) def Sturt 12.5 (77)
A crowd of 54,115 attended The Rolling Stones 2014 concert at Adelaide Oval.
1933 Ashes test match at Adelaide Oval attracted 50,962 for the second day. In the picture is Bert Oldfield being struck on the head by a fast ball from Harold Larwood.
28,000 locals attended a match at Adelaide Oval as part of American Independence Day celebrations in 1942.
1885 Indigenous Corroboree was witnessed by 20,000 spectators.

Attendance Records by Event

Date Participants Event Series Crowd
1 2 October 1965 Port Adelaide def. Sturt Australian rules football SANFL (Grand Final) 62,543[57]
2 25 October 2014 The Rolling Stones Concert 14 On Fire 54,115[58]
3 24 January 2015 Sydney Sixers def. Adelaide Strikers Twenty20 Cricket 2014-15 Big Bash League 52,633
4 14 January 1933 Australia def by. England Test match cricket 1932–1933 Ashes Series 50,962[17]
5 24 May 2000 Archbishop Leonard Faulkner Catholic Mass Catholic Schools Jubilee 34,000[17]
5 17 October 2014 Adelaide United drew with Melbourne Victory Soccer 2014–15 A-League 33,126
6 26 October 2003 Ireland def. Argentina Rugby Union 2003 Rugby World Cup 30,203
7 28 June 1991 St. George Dragons def. Balmain Tigers Rugby League 1991 NSWRL season 28,884
8 4 July 1942 American servicemen American Football Exhibition match 28,000
9 30 May 1885 Indigenous dancers Indigenous corroboree Two night corrobee 20,000

All Time Top 10 Sports Attendance Records

Date Teams Sport Competition Crowd
1 2 October 1965 Port Adelaide def. Sturt Australian rules football SANFL (Grand Final) 62,543[57]
2 1 October 1966 Sturt def. Port Adelaide Australian rules football SANFL (Grand Final) 59,417
3 28 September 1957 Port Adelaide def. Norwood Australian rules football SANFL (Grand Final) 58,924
4 30 September 1967 Sturt def. Port Adelaide Australian rules football SANFL (Grand Final) 58,849
5 28 September 1968 Sturt def. Port Adelaide Australian rules football SANFL (Grand Final) 57,811
6 29 September 1973 Glenelg def. North Adelaide Australian rules football SANFL (Grand Final) 56,525
7 30 October 1964 South Adelaide def. Port Adelaide Australian rules football SANFL (Grand Final) 56,353
8 30 September 1972 North Adelaide def. Port Adelaide Australian rules football SANFL (Grand Final) 55,709
9 4 October 1969 Sturt def. Glenelg Australian rules football SANFL (Grand Final) 55,600
10 27 September 1958 Port Adelaide def. West Adelaide Australian rules football SANFL (Grand Final) 54,282

Top Sports Attendances post 2014 redevelopment

Date Teams Sport Competition Crowd
1 24 January 2015 Sydney Sixers def. Adelaide Strikers Cricket 2014-15 Big Bash League 52,633
2 22 August 2014 Port Adelaide def. Carlton Australian rules football 2014 AFL season 52,505
3 24 May 2014 Port Adelaide def. Hawthorn Australian rules football 2014 AFL season 52,233
4 25 April 2015 Port Adelaide def. Hawthorn Australian rules football 2015 AFL season 50,675
5 7 September 2014 Port Adelaide def. Richmond Australian rules football 2014 AFL finals series 50,618
6 29 June 2014 Adelaide def. Port Adelaide Australian rules football 2014 AFL season 50,552
7 16 August 2014 Richmond def. Adelaide Australian rules football 2014 AFL season 50,459
8 29 March 2014 Port Adelaide def. Adelaide Australian rules football 2014 AFL season 50,397
9 11 July 2014 Hawthorn def. Adelaide Australian rules football 2014 AFL season 50,321
10 9 August 2014 Sydney Swans def. Port Adelaide Australian rules football 2014 AFL season 50,087

Top 5 non-Australian Rules Football or Cricket Sports Attendance Records

Date Teams Sport Competition Crowd
2 17 October 2014 Adelaide United drew with Melbourne Victory Soccer 2014–15 A-League 33,126
3 26 October 2003 Ireland def. Argentina Rugby Union 2003 Rugby World Cup 30,203
4 28 June 1991 St. George Dragons def. Balmain Tigers Rugby League 1991 NSWRL season 28,884
5 25 October 2003 Australia def. Namibia Rugby Union 2003 Rugby World Cup 28,196

Top 5 Musical Acts/Events Attendance Records

Date Name Of Tour/Event Band/Singer Crowd
1 25 October 2014 14 On Fire The Rolling Stones 54,115[58]
2 2 March 2010 Black Ice World Tour AC/DC 41,569
3 1 December 1993 The Girlie Show World Tour Madonna 40,000
4 18 March 1998 Face to Face Elton John/Billy Joel 37,500
5 5 December 2011 Wasting Light Tour Foo Fighters 36,000[59]

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