Adelaide Oval is set to begin a $535 million redevelopment into a multi-purpose stadium to open in summer 2013.

The plans designed by Cox Architecture will see the famous ground boost its current seating capacity of around 32,000 to 50,000. Members of the South Australia Cricket Association (SACA) approved the plans and hope it will be finished in time for England's next Ashes tour.

SACA President Ian McLachlan said the board, which has unanimously supported the proposal, was delighted with the result. “This decision heralds a new era for cricket and football in South Australia with benefits over the coming decades for the State as a whole,” said McLachlan.

Work will include the construction of a new southern stand and will retain the heritage scoreboard, grassed northern mound, views of the St. Peters Cathedral and the famous Moreton Bay fig trees nearby.

McLachlan said the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval would put SACA in a much stronger financial position while delivering new world-class spectator facilities and protecting the unique heritage of Adelaide Oval. "SACA’s stronger finances and debt-free position will mean millions of extra dollars a year available to be invested in developing cricket all around the State from junior level to the Sheffield Shield," he said.

"Adelaide will have the most modern sporting venue in the country with world-class facilities in the best location in any capital city. The redeveloped Oval will draw large crowds to the city on a regular basis throughout the year, creating opportunities for hotels, restaurants, bars and shops in the CBD and encouraging increased visitation from interstate.

"It will enable Adelaide to complete more effectively with other interstate and international venues to attract major events, whether sporting or cultural such as concerts."

Construction should be completed in time for Test cricket to be played at the venue in the summer of 2013/14 with Australian Football League games starting in the 2014 season. More information can be found here.

Posted on 05/05/2011