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Adelaide Oval, Australia

Adelaide Oval, one of the world’s most picturesque sports grounds, has been redeveloped to create a world class 50,000 seat multisport stadium to reenergize recreational facilities within central Adelaide.

Adelaide Oval, Australia
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Adelaide Oval, Australia Atrium in the eastern stand, one of three stands designed as individual pavilions.

Opportunity

Adelaide Oval has a unique quality and setting within the Adelaide parklands. It is at the heart of wider plans for development of the Riverbank Precinct and its surrounds.

The redeveloped stadium has been designed to serve the player, spectator and media needs of cricket and soccer, while preserving the ground’s unique atmosphere and heritage and setting standards for sustainability.

Solution

Building on 25 years’ experience of working at this unique venue, we provided detail design management and overall project management throughout the development and construction of the $343 million stadium.

The stadium complex includes these key features:

  • Three stands designed as individual pavilions
  • 50,083 seats, 77% are under cover
  • Room for 3,500 standing spectators
  • New bars and food courts with a series of barbecue terraces
  • Three television studios, 11 radio booths, and room for nearly 150 print media
  • New pedestrian bridge across the Torrens River, enabling an estimated 20,000 fans to walk to the Oval from Adelaide's city center

The spectacular Southern Stand roof is formed by a single shell with a stiffening perimeter truss – a highly efficient structural combination weighing around 12 pounds per square foot (57 kilograms per square meter). Its shape is a toroid, meaning it’s not perfectly curved, with each connection unique in geometry.

Construction was sequenced around test matches scheduled to be played during the early stages of the project. The pitch had to be lifted and relaid to meet international standards for soccer.

Outcome

Because cricket is best viewed end-on and football side-on, the stadium was designed to accommodate two sets of media and spectator requirements.

To preserve the ground’s unique atmosphere, sightlines from within the stadium of Adelaide Cathedral and surrounding parkland were safeguarded. The historic North Mound was retained as open space.

Existing and new elements were brought together and the highly valued surrounding parkland was carefully integrated into the composition to enable Adelaide Oval to acquire a new iconic identity, one that enhances the way Adelaide is viewed without destroying the essential imagery of the city within the park.

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