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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Adelaide Oval upgrade to proceed

The redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval will now proceed, following the state government's decision to increase its contribution to $25 m , to match that of the federal governmentt. As part of the deal the Bradman Museum will be transferred from its present location near the State Library on North Terrace to the Oval.

AdelaideNow reports that Premier Rann and others spoke eloquently and affectionately of the ground:

"Adelaide Oval is the most beautiful sporting ground in the world," he said when agreeing to match the Commonwealth's $25 million.I want to preserve its soul, but I want it to be used more. We want the oval to come alive, and not just in cricket season. his upgrade will maintain its character and appeal, while ensuring that it is a world-class facility."

City of Adelaide and Tourism Minister Jane Lomax-Smith said SACA's upgrade would enhance the experience for cricket and football fans alike and help SA ensure it retained key sports events like the Australia Day Test and the Rugby Sevens.

"As so many sporting grounds around Australia get bigger and less intimate, Adelaide Oval is renowned among fans, players and commentators for its historic character and fantastic atmosphere," she said.

SACA president Ian McLachlan said the $50 million State and Federal funding would "guarantee" redevelopment of the 80-year-old western grandstand as it responded to competition from subsidised venues interstate such as the MCG, Gabba and SCG. He said all recent improvements at the Adelaide Oval, including the complete upgrade of the eastern side (including the Bradman and Chappell Stands) and light towers, had been substantially paid for by members.

"I am confident the redevelopment will be of a style that will make all South Australians truly proud of Adelaide Oval, the world's most beautiful cricket ground." he said.

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