Adelaide Oval (Adelaide)

The Adelaide Oval ranks among the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world.

Updated: Feb 04, 2015, 12:07 PM IST
Adelaide Oval (Adelaide)

Capacity: 31000

The Adelaide Oval ranks among the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world. Despite being a traditional Test match venue, authorities have made necessary improvements for the upcoming World Cup.

With St Peter's Cathedral in the background along with trees and gardens surrounding the ground, there are not many more picturesque venues to play cricket at.

The ground was opened in 1873, but its history is shrouded with local disputes. The first ever Test match at this venue was played in December 1884. The famous 'Bodyline' Test was held at The Oval in January 1932-33 that drew a then record of 174,452 spectators.

Even the famous Edwardian scoreboard at The Oval is steeped in rich history. Architect Kenneth Milne designed the scoreboard that began service in November 1911. Additions of a clock and wind vane occurred in 1912 and 1930s respectively.

The scoreboard is fully mechanical with light bulbs, suggesting batsman on strike and fielder who has fielded the ball, being the only electrical items.

With 4 levels on the inside connected by stairs, the board needs around 6 attendants for ODI matches.

The Oval has served several other purposes like hosting memorial services for Dame Nellie Melba and Pope John Paul; and concerts by legendary artists like Paul McCartney, Elton John and Michael Jackson.