ADELAIDE Oval’s management will spend $9 million to upgrade its light and sound capabilities, bringing it in line with some of the world’s best stadiums.
The Oval will install 220 LED lights on the leading edge of the Eastern, Riverbank and Western stands, plus another 248 full-colour LED lights in the stands.
New ribbon boards will be installed to run 360 degrees around the Oval, as well as on levels three and four of the eastern and Riverbank stands.
Adelaide Oval SMA chairman John Olsen said the work would be completed before the day/night Ashes Test in December.“It will also enable us to give crowds at Adelaide Oval the kind of light and sound spectacular that you see at Juventus Stadium (in Italy) or Stamford Bridge (in England),’’ he said.
“We benchmark ourselves against the leading stadia around the world and this upgrade will ensure we remain on the pace of innovation demanded by international event promoters.’’
The upgrade is being funded through a $9 million loan from the Commonwealth Bank to be repaid over eight years.
CEO Andrew Daniels said the project had the unanimous support of Cricket Australia, SACA, SANFL, the AFL and the Adelaide and Port Adelaide football clubs.
“We have worked very closely with our major partners to develop an upgrade that will enable cricket, football and other event promoters to continue to enhance the fan experience at Adelaide Oval — an experience that is already recognised as arguably the best in Australia,” he said.
“This is the biggest upgrade since the opening of the redeveloped Adelaide Oval and, when combined with initiatives such as the Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb, our LIVE on 5 Fringe venue and concerts such as Adele, it demonstrates our commitment to keeping Adelaide Oval at the forefront of global stadia.”