Adelaide Oval Tours and Museums : Historical Timeline
1 ADELAIDE OVAL TIMELINE – LEARNING RESOURCE As the city of Adelaide has grown and evolved, so too has the Adelaide Oval. An indispensable part of Adelaide’s sporting and social fabric since the 1870s, the Adelaide Oval has taken on even more importance as a centrepiece of the State’s identity – a world-class stadium that will be an exciting home for national and international events for decades to come. 1871 Cricket The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) formed on 31 May. Twelve acres were leased from the Adelaide City Council for a ground and an Adelaide Oval Act was passed to formalise the lease for ‘cricketing purposes’. 1874 Cricket First major match played by an All England XI (captained by WG Grace) and a South Australian XXII. Grace’s team won by seven wickets. 1877 Football The first match contested at the ground was an intercolonial club match between Adelaide and St Kilda on 18 August. 1878 Tennis Adelaide Lawn Tennis Club formed and matches played on the Oval surface. 1882 Members’ Grandstand A new grandstand – the George Giffen Stand – was built to replace an earlier wooden structure and remained in place until 2009. 1884 Cricket First Test match held at Adelaide Oval, just six months after the first Testwas played at Lord’s. England defeated Australia by eight wickets. 1885 Corroborees Two Aboriginal corroborees were staged, drawing huge crowds. Estimates were as high as 20,000 for the first night, overwhelming the four policemen on duty that night. The event was one of the biggest spectator attractions to be held at the Oval during the 19th century.